The Iranian Hulk will no longer be boxing later this month.
The social media sensation — real name Sajad Gharibi — was scheduled to fight bodybuilder Martyn Ford on April 2 in a Boxstar event that was later delayed to April 30.
However, that will no longer be the case as the fight is not only canceled, but the entire card.
It appears that the reason for the fight being scrapped was due to Ford. There is no official reason as to why the fight is off, but the Iranian Hulk believes it’s a case of Ford being scared to fight.
“I heard Ford doesn’t want to fight, it is not me, not any other fighters,” Gharibi said. “I never canceled any fight between us but he doesn’t want see me again! It is against the contract and my legal team have started looking at it.
“Actually ‘pretty boy’ can’t even fight, he just hides and runs away, he must have a permission from a woman first. I can’t believe an opponent like him, it’s shameful. This victory isn’t an honor for me, it’s a century joke not a century fight.”
Things were already heated between the pair, at least going by their staredown, and it looks like it will only intensify from here.
Ford, meanwhile, put out this statement without revealing too many details.
“This is a statement I didn’t want to have to release but unfortunately my fight is going to be postponed,” Ford said. “I don’t want to go down the route of talking about it; too much time and energy has been wasted. For me, personally, I’m still training hard, there will be a debut, there will be a fight, I’m just not 100 percent sure who, when or why, but it will happen.”
Boxstar Apologizes For Canceled Iranian Hulk vs. Ford Event
While it’s a blow for both fighters, it’s also a blow for Boxstar who seemingly had to cancel the entire event as a result.
They plan on postponing the event to a later date.
“Boxstar are regrettably postponing the planned event on April 30,” the promotion wrote on social media. “To lose such a big (in every sense of the word) main event has understandably been a blow to the event and to the fans.
“Due to this, rather than pushing ahead with the April 30, we have instead made the difficult decision to postpone the event. Anyone who has bought tickets for the April 30 show will be contacted about refunds.”
The main event wasn’t the only standout fight on the card.
Former Manchester United leftback Patrice Evra was also set to compete against YouTube personality Adam Saleh in the co-main event.
However, it looks like any interested fans will have to wait for that contest as well now.