Martyn Ford feared the Iranian Hulk would kill himself if the fight continued


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Ford has explained his fears that his scheduled opponent, the Iranian Hulk, will kill himself if he wins their scheduled boxing bout, with the British star opening up about the cancellation.

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Martyn Ford defeats Iranian Hulk during a face-off

Martyn Ford feared that the Iranian Hulk would commit suicide if he inflicted defeat on his rival in their ill-fated fight.

Ford was set to make his in-ring debut against Iran’s Hulk – real name Sajad Gharibi – but the fight was suspended, with the British star citing fears for his rival’s “mental well-being”. Gharibi had posted disturbing messages in the build-up to the fight, including a public “death wish” posted on social media.

The British strongman has now revealed he had concerns during their heated altercation in the first showdown in Dubai. “That’s where we came to Dubai and had the showdown,” Ford said. Battle Mirror when explaining the collapse of the fight. “I have genuine concerns about his mental health and how he feels. It’s who I am. I can’t fight someone who I sincerely believe can kill themselves after the fight.

“As a foreigner, people might say, ‘What are you talking about? but of someone who was there, who saw him and the way he fell apart. We had a confrontation and it was just a small push. I looked him in the eyes, then I turned around and said to the guys, “There’s no fighting”.

“What happened after I already felt bad, the number of times he was bullied and his reaction to being bullied fell apart on national television. Then his parents came out and said ‘we don’t want anything to do with you, you’re weak’ Then on Instagram Live, when he turned around and said he hated Iranians and wanted to end his days. I just thought, ‘No, I can’t be part of this’.”

Gharibi had fans on social media worried after also claiming he had no trainer during the build-up to the fight, before bursting into tears on national television after being disowned by his parents. Concerns were also raised about his fitness which he quickly halted claiming he had lost 15 pounds during his boxing training.

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Ford appeared to suggest his rival was to blame during his original video statement where he planned to find a new opponent for his boxing comeback. The British star has now revealed his frustrations after losing his boxing debut, but remains active in the hope of discovering a new opponent.

“I’m a bit frustrated and annoyed. But I keep going and doing what I can to stay active and busy,” Ford added. “Focus is the main thing, when you’ve prepared for something and you’re not able to go out and doing it with the work I put into it is frustrating. For me, it’s trying to find something as soon as possible to put that energy into something.

“I’m still training, the only thing I don’t do is active sparring. I’ve come back to his stamina and explosive power. If something happens and I hope I can sign up too early on I trained and put so much time and effort into it.”

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