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Why Hollywood superstar Dave Bautista will be cheering on West Ham against Wolves at London Stadium
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Why Hollywood superstar Dave Bautista will be cheering on West Ham against Wolves at London Stadium

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West Ham United already have the toughest set of famous fans around and can now count on the support of hardman actor Dave Bautista starting against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

The Hammers may not have had the hardest team to beat on the pitch so far this season.

But they’ve certainly got the hardest celebrity fanbase going.

The club’s band of famous supporters includes a WWE superstar Triple H, five boxers and hard men actors including Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista.

Bautista, a former wrestler and mixed martial artist, stars in new film Final Score where he plays a military veteran who saves West Ham’s beloved former Upton Park home during a terrorist attack.

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Big Dave’s claret and blue army

And it appears the American Hollywood star has been bitten by the football bug.

Bautista told talkSPORT he will be cheering on the Hammers against Wolverhampton Wanderers on his first visit to the London Stadium on Saturday.

“Our producer Mark Goldberg grew up in the stadium and he knew it was going to be demolished and he thought ‘what’s the best way I can pay tribute to my beloved stadium and say goodbye, let’s make an action movie’,” Bautista told talkSPORT.

“I’m going to see West Ham play (against Wolves), this is my first football game.

“I’m excited, I’ll get to go down on the pitch, I get to take my family down on the pitch before the game starts and then the chaos will ensue and hopefully nobody will take over the stadium and I won’t be running around trying to save anyone!”

Bautista joins a formidable list of famous faces and hard men to pledge allegiance to the claret and blue.

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Floyd Mayweather

Widely considered the best pound-for-pound boxer of all time, Floyd Mayweather also claims to be a Hammer.
“Soccer is an unbelievable sport and I look forward to going to more soccer games,” Mayweather said in a video posted on Facebook back in 2016.
Then when prompted by his friend that he was going to come and watch West Ham, Mayweather added: “Absolutely, I’ll see you guys soon” before signing off by doing the famous crossed Hammers celebration.

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Lennox Lewis

The three-time heavyweight champion was born in the East End and always been a massive West Ham fan. Lewis was one of the best heavyweights of all time and it in prestigious company with the likes of Muhammad Ali, Vitali Klitschko and Michael Moorer as heavyweights who have won the title three times.

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Gennady Golovkin

Legendary pound-for-pound world champ Golovkin delcared himself a Hammers fans after a visit to Upton Park in recent seasons. The fighter easily beat Sheffield United fan Kell Brook to extend his perfect record to 36-0 earlier this year. And he declared about the Hammers and their fans: “They are beautiful people and it feels like a big family. I have a lot of respect for them.”

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Frank Bruno

A second former heavyweight boxing world champion who supports the Hammers is British national treasure Frank Bruno. Bruno ended his career with a record of 40 wins from 45 fights including 38 by knockout and went toe-to-toe with the likes of fellow Hammer Lewis, Oliver McCall and the great Mike Tyson. He grew up and trained in the East End and is a lifelong fan.

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Kevin Mitchell

Now retired, well respected fighter Mitchell loves West Ham so much his nickname in the ring is the Hammer and he has the club’s crest on his shorts. The Romford-born lightweight won 39 of his 43 fights and is a friend of Hammers captain Mark Noble. He also fought and lost a world title fight against Australian Michael Katsidis at the club’s old Boleyn Ground back in 2010.

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Triple H

Last year 14-time world champion Triple H – real name Paul Levesque – told the Daily Mail he was a Hammers fan, praising the club’s supporters for their passion. And the biggest name in wrestling has proved he really is into the Hammers as he discussed the importance of their recent 1-0 win over Burnleywhile in London to promote a WWE event coming to the O2 next May.

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Cass Pennant

Cass Pennant, who stands at an imposing 6ft 5in is now a successful writer and filmmaker who is most well known for being a member, and leader, of West Ham’s infamous Inter City Firm (ICF) associated with the club from the 1970s. Pennant rose to prominence as one of the only black generals of a hooligan firm and was eventually sentenced to four years in prison in 1980 and was the first person to receive a long term sentence for football hooliganism. Nowadays Pennant focuses on his writing, filmmaking and following the Hammers and even had a film made about his life.

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Ray Winstone

Well-known Hammers fan Ray Winstone is a well known movie star. And his roots are firmly in East London where he lived until he was seven. The actor, who has starred in Sexy Beast and Scum regularly follows the Hammers.

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Danny Dyer

The Marmite Football Factory star became typecast in “hard-man” roles, an image which saw him present The Real Football Factories, its spin-off, The Real Football Factories International and Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men. Most recently he appears in EastEnders, playing Mick Carter, a much-loved no-nonsense pub owner who guess what… supports West Ham.