In an emotional interview, Sajad Gharibi, better known to the world as the Iranian Hulk, admitted that his family has disowned him after being shoved to the ground by rival Martyn Ford during a face-off in February.
During their stare down to promote their April 30 boxing match, both fighters squared up to one another before Iranian Hulk attempted to take Ford down to the floor. After a brief scuffle on the ground, both fighters reset and faced-off once again. This time, Ford retaliated by shoving Hulk, knocking him to the ground.
After the incident, Hulk confirmed in a televised interview that his family was no longer speaking to him after footage of the shove went viral.
“I cannot call my family; when I returned [to Iran] I didn’t go to my family,” Hulk said in an emotional interview on Iranian TV. “I can’t talk to my father and my mother, when I spoke to her, said: ‘The person in this video that I saw was not my son, my son is way stronger than this’.
“It hurts my heart when I can’t talk to my family. I have lost my pride and I am destroyed. How can I explain? They deceived me and I fell to the ground. My family said that you will go there and finish him. They expected the other way around. How can I sleep or get any rest?
“I personally feel very bad and I cannot sleep but I am now taking sleeping pills. When a mum says that to her child, how can it be tolerated? There is a lot of pressure, if I got paid even one dollar to do that I can’t continue.”
Showdown at the O2
Originally scheduled to take place on April 2, the highly anticipated boxing match between Ford and Iranian Hulk was postponed to April 30. Emanating from the O2 Arena in London, 20,000 fans are expected to attend the event. The main event clash will take place over four two-minute rounds and has been sanctioned by the Professional Boxing Association.
Other bouts currently scheduled for the event include:
- Patrice Evra vs Adam Saleh
- Jamie O’Hara vs Kris Boyson
- Jack Fincham vs TBC
- James English vs TBC
- Jess Bays vs TBC
- Elijah Niko vs Keegan Hirst
- Theo Campbell vs Connagh Howard
- Brad Scott MMA vs Conan Barbaru
- AJ Bunker vs Carla Jade
- Ventour vs Jacques Fraser
- Frank London vs TBC
Card subject to change.
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