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The Iranian Hulk Knocked Out In First Round of Boxing Debut

The Iranian Hulk has seen a lot of buzz generated about his potential professional boxing career, and let’s face it, when you see him in the ring, you can’t help but feel that he would be hard to beat, but that wasn’t the case when he took part in a white-collar boxing event hosted by Wicked N’ Bad in Dubai.

Those who thought that they would be seeing Sajad Gharibi (the Iranian Hulk) on betting slips against
some of the biggest names in boxing on bet 99 may have to think again. His odds to become a world
champion will surely be extremely long after he failed to make any impression and looked well out of
his depth.

The fight

Gharibi had been scheduled to fight Martyn Ford back in April. Although the reasons for the bout not
taking place weren’t revealed at the time, Ford simply released a statement:

“Naturally, I’m hugely disappointed my fight against Iranian Hulk will no longer be going ahead,
particularly given the fact I have dedicated so much time to my training program and doing
everything to ensure I was in the best possible shape to headline the event.”

However, it has since been rumored that Ford feared for Gharibi’s mental health.

So, with a few more months of training, he would take on the Kazakh Titan, real name Djumanov
Almat Bakhytovich.

The Titan was unbelievably dominant as the Iranian Hulk showed very little in the way of boxing
technique, in spite of his impressive physique.

During the fight, his towering figure looked cumbersome and he took shots to the body and to the
head, even turning his back on his opponent before the fight was stopped and he collapsed to the
ground. There was no dispute over the ref’s decision to call the fight, even though it was in the very
first round.

After the fight, Gharibi said sorry to the people of his home country: “I have nothing to say but I am
ashamed and I apologize to the Iranian people.”

Okay, so nobody thought he was going to become the next Marvin Hagler or become a great of the
boxing world, but with a history in bodybuilding and an unbelievable physical set of attributes, it was
thought that the Iranian Hulk might have more to offer than some of the reality television stars who are
starting to make their move into boxing.

What next for the Iranian Hulk?

It seems that his fighting career is not actually over. His trainer offered up some excuses, fueling
rumors that he would look to return to the ring in the near future:

“Thank you for your good and bad messages, I just wanted to give a brief explanation about the fight.
“The fight was set before Sajad came to me and he 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, we had a financial problem. In short,
Sajad trained with me for only two weeks and I told him he was not ready to fight. But I had to be with
him because he had to fight and somebody had to coach him.”

Let’s hope that the next fight is a bit more of an even contest and that Gharibi can get his head in a
good space before he steps back into the ring.

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Lukie Ketelle

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