Ford called his rival’s comments “disgusting” and “crass” and vowed to settle his rivalry with “Iranian Hulk” by “smashing his face”.
Strongman Martyn Ford has vowed to finally settle his rivalry with “useless” rival Iranian Hulk.
The British star will face his bitter rival Sajad Gharibi, nicknamed the “Iranian Hulk”, in a boxing match against the strongman in London on April 2.
Ford and Gharibi planned to fight for several years and traded back and forth on social media with the pair set to meet in the ring.
With the tension already high with more than eight weeks until the fight, Ford pledged to make his opponent pay for his words while wondering what he will “bring to the table” in the fight.
I just want to beat his head off,” Ford said Battle Mirror . “It won’t give me any sense of accomplishment or pride in winning because I really don’t think he’s going to bring anything to the table that will allow me to be proud of myself.
“You can’t feel good about beating someone who is useless. For me, it’s about settling some nonsense that has been going back and forth for two or three years.
“The things that have been said about him, his side and his fans, so I just got to the point where I want to fight. I’m not someone who takes trolling to heart, but there’s a point where he just goes off and does some gross, gross stuff. If you want to get in the ring, I will and I’ve never been afraid of confrontation.
“It’s not a sporting event, you can’t have an event with someone who looks like that. He’s not a sportsman at all. This fight is purely for me to shut him down and his 200,000 other fans. Once that’s done, it keeps me going.”
Ford has planned to meet Gharibi since 2018 when he signed for Polish MMA promotion KSW who explored the possibility of a cage event.
However, an encounter has now materialized in the boxing ring as neither man has experience in the boxing ring.
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Ford has expressed a desire to train in the MMA cage and has extensive experience in the sport despite never having competed professionally.
The 39-year-old believes this could give him a huge advantage over his arch-nemesis when they face off at the O2 arena.
“Yeah, my heart is definitely in MMA,” Ford replied when asked about his experience in the sport.
“That’s what I do well with my size and ability. With that comes the ability to sense the opponent and read the fight, when to explode, when to attack and when to take a break, when to go hard and when to give them space.
That’s all I can learn in the ring, it’s the same thing. These are all skills that are learned in all martial arts.”