Sajad Gharibi, otherwise known as The Iranian Hulk, made his long-awaited boxing debut on Saturday night and it didn’t go to plan.
Earlier this year, he came out of nowhere when it was announced he was going to fight professional bodybuilder Martyn Ford.
The fight, however, fell through after the pair faced off in a showdown and Ford easily knocked Gharibi to the ground and it became clear it might not have been a fair fight.
After this incident, footage emerged of the Iranian Hulk collapsing on a TV show and he revealed that he had been disowned by his parents and was suicidal.
Afterwards, Ford called the event organizers and told them that he would no longer pursue the fight, as he did not want to be responsible for Gharibi’s bullying and his own death.
So, instead, the Iranian Hulk moved on to another opponent in the form of the Kazakh Titan, whose real name is Djumanov Almat Bakhytovich.
The pair met in the ring over the weekend and the Kazakh Titan was utterly dominant, landing body and head shots at will, to the point where the Iranian Hulk repeatedly turned away of his opponent and the contest has been stopped.
“I have nothing to say but I am ashamed and apologize to the Iranian people.” Gharibi said after the fight.
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The Iranian Hulk’s coach has given a more detailed explanation as to why Gharibi put in such a poor performance.
He said: “Thank you for your good and bad messages, I just wanted to give a brief explanation about the fight.
“The fight was started before Sajad came to me and signed the contract. There was no way to cancel it unless he paid a big fine for the cancellation.
“We had a bad situation. Sajad came to Tehran for his training [but] we had a financial problem, the sponsor did not keep his word.
“Anyway, Sajad trained with me for just two weeks and I told him he wasn’t ready to fight. But I had to be with him because he had to fight and someone had to train him.
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