Iranian Hulk threatens to take legal action against Martyn Ford after fight cancellation

  • Tom Ward

Iranian Hulk has threatened Martyn Ford with legal action after he found out on social media that their celebrity boxing match was cancelled earlier this week.

Having been forced to scrap the original April 2 date due to unknown reasons, the ‘Iranian Hulk’ – real name Sajad Gharibi – was set to fight the ‘World’s Scariest Man’ at the O2 Arena on April 30.

The Boxstar Celebrity Boxing event in London was billed as ‘the heaviest heavyweight fight in history’, a few weeks after Hafthor Bjornsson beat strongman rival Eddie Hall in Dubai.

But Ford confirmed on Monday that the main event has been postponed again after Gharibi was forced to pull out.

However, Gharibi was less than impressed when he heard the claims, as he claimed that he is now considering taking him to court over those allegations.

Gharibi wrote on Instagram: “Today I heard Ford doesn’t want to fight, it is not me [and] not any other fighters. 

“I never cancelled any fight between us but he doesn’t want see me again! It is against the contract and my legal team have started looking at it.

“Actually ‘pretty boy’ can’t ever fight, he just hides and runs away, he must have a permission from a women first.

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“I can’t believe an opponent like him, it’s shameful. This victory isn’t an honour for me, it’s a century joke not a century fight.”

It came after Ford made the announcement on his official Instagram account on Monday while training at the UFC Gym in Nottingham.

He said: “This is a statement I didn’t want to have to release but unfortunately my fight is going to be postponed.

“The event is still on, it’s just my fight. The event will still go ahead and there are some great people and fights on.

“Unfortunately mine won’t be one of them, for reasons out of my control. It doesn’t take a genius to figure them all out. I don’t want to go down the route of talking about it; too much time and energy has been wasted.

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“I’m still training hard, there will be a debut. There will be a fight, I’m just not 100 percent sure who, when or why, but it will happen.”

He added: “Naturally, I’m hugely disappointed my fight against Iranian Hulk will no longer be going ahead, particularly given the fact I have dedicated so much time to my training programme and doing everything to ensure I was in the best possible shape to headline the event.

“Although I will no longer be involved, I now look forward to attending the Boxstar Celebrity Boxing event as a fan, and showing my full support for those brave competitors who are taking part, some of whom will be competing in a boxing match for the first time in their lives.

“I would like to thank my fans for their continued support, and I hope to return to the ring in a competitive nature as soon as possible.”

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