Video footage of Iranian Hulk Sajad Gharibi attempting to box is far worse than anyone could have imagined.
Gharibi got exposed as a catfish who used social media and doctored photographs to hoodwink fans into buying into his following.
A clip of the Wicked N Bad promoted event circulated on social media, and it is just that, very wicked and very bad.
The catfish ran away from the Qazaq Titan for most of the opening round. Gharibi had no skills to draw from and looked like he wanted out from the first bell.
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He also refused to take off his shirt and show the massive physique he portrays on his Instagram account.
Amassing one million followers, Gharibi is undoubtedly not the figure he puts out there, as former rival Martyn Ford attested to recently.
“The fact that the people promised me that this guy was 400lbs and 6’4″ and a pro-MMA fighter,” Ford said on his channels.
“The reality was 260 to 280 pounds. Honestly, I think he had mental issues. I think he was stuck out there to make some people money.
“The thing that ended it for me was the crying on TV to his parents and then saying he wants to kill himself.”
Ford added: “You only need to watch the fight to understand why I pulled out.
“I hope those who encouraged and pushed this fight are there to support him after. And to those who questioned my judgment.
“To me, I would rather walk away and risk being called a coward over potentially what could have happened to this kid in the ring if we had fought.
“There is no way he should have ever been passed fit to fight. Everyone surrounding this needs to question themselves.
“They need to take responsibility for the backlash of what will now follow.”
Gharibi’s coach had the cheek to blame a lack of funding for his skills on the night. The truth is, Gharibi couldn’t defend himself and got beaten within a round.
“Thank you for your good and bad messages. I wanted to explain the fight briefly,” said Gharibi’s trainer.
“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 certainly had a bad situation. Sajad came to Tehran for his training [but] we had a financial problem. The sponsor didn’t keep their word.
“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. Somebody had to coach him.”
Gharibi can train to get significantly better if he wants to box. Or the best option would be to leave the sport alone and try something else.
The views expressed in this article are the opinions of experienced boxing writer Phil Jay.