One of the funniest stories in combat sports stemmed from the boxing match that fell through – Boxstar UK’s Martyn Ford vs The Iranian Hulk.
The two giants were set to box in April, with the date first getting pushed back and then subsequently cancelled.
But much of the intrigue tied to the event came from a face off where a visibly smaller Iranian Hulk (born Sajad Gharibi) appeared in front of Martyn Ford with Ford overflowing with emotion and showing his Iranian counter part.
The two were long in talk for a bout – with the combat sport evolving through time. Back in the day there was talk of MMA, then bare knuckle boxing with the two finally landing on boxing and setting a date.
But after Gharibi was shoved he felt utterly embarrassed. Rumors that his physique was a result of photoshop began swirling once again, and this time the evidence appeared more compelling then ever.
Martyn Ford still can’t get past his canceled bout. The Englishman recently revealed he was mislead to expect a 6’4″ opponent (193cm).
“We were told from guys on the ground in Iran that this guy was huge. Not as big as in his photos maybe but that he was massive. Six foot three or four monster is what we were told.”
Recently Gharibi addressed the shots that came out of the face off telling an interviewer in Iran:
“It was a mischief by the Boxstar organization. Martyn’s height is more than two meters.”
“What they did was, that they used a really tall tripod – they recorded from afar.”
“While recording from atop, it was exactly like if – it was positioned at Martyn’s level – and positioned and pointed at me from below ”
The journalist went on to ask: “You mean, it was top down?”
Hulk confirmed: “Exactly. Well, Martyn is tall and would normally show as bulkier compared to a person with the camera is recording at his level ”
Gharibi went on to add he’s 184 cm tall.
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