Ford and his powerful rival Hulk got into two scuffles as they gazed down for the first time before their fight at The O2 arena in April
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The strong contenders, who will fight at The O2 on April 2, were in Dubai on Thursday morning to face off for the first time.
At first sight, they pitted each other before the Iranian Hulk, whose real name was Sajad Gharibi, attempted to knock Ford to the floor.
After a brief scuffle on the floor, they stared down a second time and Ford shoved Gharibi and sent him flying to the floor.
Their fight, the title for a Boxstar Celebrity Boxing event, will last four two-minute rounds and has been sanctioned by the Professional Boxing Association.
Neither Ford nor Gharibi had fought in the ring before, but Ford had practiced MMA for many years and was an avid fan of the sport.
Gharibi’s training methods for battle have been questioned by fans, and Ford has labeled his eerie videos “shameful”.
And Brit has revealed why he won’t feel any sense of accomplishment when he beats Gharibi in April.
“I just wanted to bang his head in,” Ford told Mirror Fighting. “It’s not going to give me any sense of achievement or pride to win, because I really don’t think he’s going to bring anything that allows me to be proud of myself.
“You can’t feel content about beating someone to no avail. To me, this is dealing with some nonsense that’s gone back two or three years.
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Ford, who is often referred to as ‘The World’s Scariest Man’, signed on to promote Polish MMA KSW in 2018 to try to set up the fight but Gharibi didn’t follow through.
“Things have been said from him and his camp and his fans, so I’ve gotten to the point where I want to fight,” he added.
“I’m not a heart troll, but there’s a point where he goes about both disgusting and rude things. If you want to step in the ring, I’ll step up and I’ve never been scared. of confrontation.
“This is not a sporting event, you can’t have an event with someone who looks like that. That’s not a sportsman at all. This fight is purely for me to kill him and his 200,000 other fans. Once it was done, it allowed me to move forward. “
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/boxing/iranian-hulk-martyn-ford-staredown-26326083 Martyn Ford and Iran Hulk rush to fight in a hot confrontation