Martyn Ford Trains With Kickboxer Rico Verhoeven Preparing For Boxing Match With Iranian Hulk

Martyn Ford has been taking the time to learn from experienced fighters before stepping in the ring.

Just one day after Hafthor Bjornsson and Eddie Hall set a date for their anticipated fight, there is another that remains high on the radar. Bodybuilder Martyn Ford is preparing to take on Sajad Gharibi, better known as the Iranian Hulk, on April 2 in London. Ford is training from some of the top fighters around in order to be fully prepared to step in the ring.

Ford recently teamed up with world champion kickboxer Rico Verhoeven for a training session. The bodybuilder shared videos on Instagram of some of the training methods that were implemented. This includes sparring and some work on instincts.

“I mean, I would like to say it was close …. BUT I’d be lying ????????????, what an incredible morning of education. Absolutely love LOVE LOVE this sport, the only way you learn, is to push your comfort zones. I think sharing the ring with the world champ, is definitely doing that …. @ricoverhoeven my brother ???????? #champ#brother#levels@superpro_sportcenter thank you guys for all you do????????????????”


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Verhoeven still holds his championship that was acquired in 2014. He is one of the best fighters in the world and has plenty to offer as a coach. With Ford preparing to step in the ring against another behemoth, he will have to be ready.

Martyn Ford will enter the fight at 39 years old, which is 10 years older than the Iranian Hulk. He has an advantage in height, being 6-foot-9, while Gharibi will carry around 100 pounds more of bodyweight. Ford also has experience performing in MMA, boxing, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. This is not the first time these two have been linked in a fight but it is the first time that there is an official date and plan.

In 2019, both fighters signed contracts to fight in the Polish MMA KSW but this did not come to fruition. Now, they will have a chance to settle their differences in the ring and put on a much-anticipated show.

It is clear that both fighters want to get the best of the other and that is why Martyn Ford is putting in the work that he is. With the guidance of some of the elite fighters in the world, Ford could perfect his skills and show great improvement when he takes on the Iranian Hulk.

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Greg Patuto
Greg has covered the four major sports for six years and has been featured on sites such as Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, SB Nation,, and FanSided. Now, he is transitioning into the world of bodybuilding and strength sports.