The World’s Scariest Man, Martyn Ford, has denied the claim made by rival Iranian Hulk that he used steroids ahead of their cancelled clash.
The pair were set to go head-to-head on April 30 at The O2 arena but the fight was scrapped last-minute. And the Iranian Hulk – whose real name is Sajad Gharibi – has suggested that not only was it Ford’s fault the fight was shelved, but his opponent was also taking steroids.
But the Brit boxer has hit out at claim. “I have absolutely no energy for this guy. I have gone through 30 years of training," Ford told Mirror Fighting. "Anyone in the game knows what it takes to compete and bodybuilding and training hard.
"For me, it is very easy to shout out you are only this because of that. It is very obvious if you follow my life from the way, the lifestyle that I live, the way that I train and I dedicate my life, the way that I sleep and eat everything is about fitness and training.
“For me, he is grasping at things he can throw out there and excuses for him. I don’t think there is any argument to have with any of his excuses, I am not someone who will sit there and have an argument with a child."
Before the bout, Ford had accused his rival of photoshopping his real size.
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Gharibi had alleged Ford was given consent to use steroids for their bout, but didn't back it up with any evidence. He said: "He is getting steroids based on his DNA type. Steroids are forbidden in boxing but Martyn Ford is so precious that they allowed him to use them. He gets almost 8ml of steroids per day."
Ford lost 60lb of weight ahead of the fight and now it’s widely thought that he could go up against Thor Bjornsson instead, following the Game of Thrones star’s win over Eddie Hall.
But with regard to Gharibi, the strongman says he is done. “I am done with talking about the guy because he has tarnished a lot of what I am trying to do," Ford said. "I don’t blame him individually but I think there is an element of responsibility he has to take. He didn’t train for it, he wasn't prepared for it and doesn’t deserve the opportunity at the moment, to be honest. It is disrespectful to the fight game."
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