Sajad Gharibi, often known as ‘Iranian Hulk’ to followers all over the world, got here near launching a bare-knuckle boxing profession.
The 30-year-old introduced in late 2019 that he had signed with Naked Knuckle Preventing Championship, however the curiosity in his debut finally fizzled regardless of apparently having an opponent lined-up. He has lengthy been linked with combating Ford, and Polish promotion KSW even teased making the bout occur, however Gharibi as an alternative opted to hitch the American outfit.
On November 16 of 2019, as the printed of Artem Lobov and Jason Knight’s rematch was stepping into gear from the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, the promotion aired a promo bundle asserting that Gharibi was becoming a member of them for a future bout. It was later confirmed he could be combating in 2020, with promotional boss David Feldman explaining his plans for the fighter.
“This man’s going to make his Naked Knuckle Preventing Championship debut in early 2020,” Feldman mentioned of the signing on the time. “We’re going to do a present entitled ‘USA vs. Iran: World Warfare III’. He’s actually our largest signing we’ve ever had. However he’s going to make his method over to Naked Knuckle Preventing Championship, he’s going to make a house right here, and we anticipate actually, actually massive issues from ‘The Iranian Hulk’.”
However simply months later the world was a really totally different place. Occasions have been cancelled throughout America and the remainder of the globe because of the coronavirus pandemic, and BKFC was shut down from February to July, once they have been compelled to have occasions with minimal attendance.
Different superstar fights have been cancelled, together with rugby star James Haskell’s proposed Bellator MMA debut at Wembley Area that Might and the proposed showdown between YouTubers-turned-boxers Jake Paul and KSI following each males’s skilled debuts.
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Nevertheless it wasn’t the pandemic that finally put paid to the thought of Gharibi combating within the distinctive bare-knuckle squared circle. Reached for remark by Mirror Preventing lately, Feldman defined that the promotion have been by no means given requisite proof that the social media star’s footage have been professional.
The promotion finally fell out of communication with Gharibi, Feldman added, and talks fizzled once they weren’t given assurances that he was “actual”.
Nevertheless it would not take lengthy for the Instagram sensation, who has over 1.1million followers, to search out different suitors for his signature, ending up with Boxstar for his debut, which takes place on April 30. He’ll combat Ford in an enormous grudge match, and has posted movies trying to point out his legitimacy throughout coaching camp.
The pair will meet at The O2 area on a card full from top-to-bottom with celebrities and ex-athletes, together with a combat between YouTuber Adam Saleh and Manchester United legend Patrice Evra. Whether or not or not he’ll win, and ever earn one other shot on the shiny lights of BKFC, we should wait and see.