During a face-off in Dubai ahead of their highly anticipated boxing match at the O2 Arena in London on April 30, Ford and Hulk got into a scuffle that ended with Ford shoving Hulk to the ground.
After the incident, Ford shared his skepticism, stating that Hulk may not be the person he portrays himself to be on social media.
“He was not what I expected,” Ford stated. “I think he’s just fooled the world with photoshop, if I’m honest. Seeing him in real life is not as impressive as seeing him in pictures. So disheartening I think is the word. He was tiny. He didn’t look anything like he had made out.”
“That was the first time I’d seen him in real-life. He was big, probably bigger than 18 stone, but he wasn’t scary big. He just felt like a big kid that didn’t really train if I’m being honest. He was supposed to be twice my size.”
Addressing The Accusations
Hulk has since responded to Ford’s claim that he has misrepresented himself on social media.
“Look, those who have been following me on Instagram and know me since the old days,” Gharibi said while speaking on Iranian TV. “They have watched my live videos and the ones I had posted and have seen me when I had just joined Instagram and had a lot more weight on. I had 120,000- 200,000 followers then.
“If you ask my followers about how I lost weight, they would say I had done it little by little. I was categorised in the extra heavy weight category in 2019. After the pandemic was started in 2020 and after gyms were closed, I slowly lost weight; but the question is why do they compare photos from 2017 with the recent ones?
“Some rumour-making press would come and make such comparisons, while I posted some old videos and videos cannot be photoshopped. There are also some of my live videos available on YouTube, they are undeniable! I wear XXXXXXXL sized clothes. When I used to weigh more, those clothes looked tight for me.”
Gharibi also addressed accusations that he had been using steroids in preparation for the upcoming fight in London.
“I am ready to do a blood test to prove that I have never used steroids.”
Featured image credit to Sajjad Gharibi’s Instagram