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mob brawn Martyn Ford pays gushing tribute to Daniel Kinahan after fight with 'Iranian Hulk' cancelled

'We share a very similar energy, hunger and passion and are both extremely goal driven for reasons far beyond money or fame'

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'Iranian Hulk' (left) Daniel Kinahan and Martyn Ford Photo: Instagram

'Iranian Hulk' (left) Daniel Kinahan and Martyn Ford Photo: Instagram

'Iranian Hulk' (left) Daniel Kinahan and Martyn Ford Photo: Instagram

Bodybuilder and actor Martyn Ford has paid a gushing tribute to Irish gangland figure Daniel Kinahan who he has described as the “most powerful man” in boxing. 

Ford had been due to face the ‘Iranian Hulk’, Sajad Gharibi, at The O2 Arena in London on April 30, before the fight was cancelled earlier today.

Standing at 6ft 8 inches tall, Ford has been dubbed the ‘World's Scariest Man' and is a well-known actor and has appeared in films such as Fast & Furious 9 and the Kingsman: the Golden Circle.

However, he now plans to move into the professional fighting game and had generated huge publicity for his fight with the 'Iranian Hulk'.

Today, Ford praised Kinahan in the Instagram post as he revealed he had signed an advisory deal, “where he will help shape my path in boxing and guide me in the right direction”.

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The World's Scariest Man, Martyn Ford, with Daniel Kinahan

The World's Scariest Man, Martyn Ford, with Daniel Kinahan

The World's Scariest Man, Martyn Ford, with Daniel Kinahan

“Huge announcement,” the English fighter declared.

“Anyone who knows me, knows how much work I’ve put into training ahead of my debut fight which is now not going ahead.

“My passion and hunger for the sport grew with every training session and I truly immersed myself in the sport, surrounding myself with top fighters and learning every day so when a chance opportunity came about to meet the most powerful man in the sport, Daniel Kinahan, it was a no-brainer for me.”

The heavily tattooed Ford said Kinahan “saw my hunger, my desire and my want to become better.

"We share a very similar energy, hunger and passion and are both extremely goal driven for reasons far beyond money or fame.

"A spiritual energy that pushes us on to become more.

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“Anyone who knows boxing, knows just how integral this man is, and his passion for the sport, he works with every promoter in the game and literally every fighter I spoke with told me he was the man I needed to speak to if I wanted to take this seriously.”

He added: “We’ve talked in length and started working on a plan and I’m delighted to share that I have signed an advisory deal with him where he will help shape my path in boxing and guide me in the right direction and I’m truly excited about what’s to come.

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Iranian Hulk and Ford

Iranian Hulk and Ford

Iranian Hulk and Ford

"Together, we mean business.”

This appears to be the latest move for Kinahan who has been engaged in an extensive 'sports-washing' campaign in recent months.

He has been pictured in numerous social media posts with various fighters as he attempts to recast his image as a fighter’s friend and confidante.

Most recently World Boxing Council (WBC) Mauricio Sulaiman Saldivar president wrote an op-ed giving Daniel Kinahan's involvement in the sport his "full backing".

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Martyn Ford

Martyn Ford

Martyn Ford

Writing in an opinion piece for The Herald of Mexico, Mr Saldivar described Dubai, where Kinahan hides out, as “an unimaginable paradise."

He also said the future of boxing is in the Middle East, where he met Kinahan, “a representative and proxy for boxers”.

He said the Irish gangster was a “character who has been crossed out and labelled as a person linked to criminal groups, thus creating prejudice against a large part of the world boxing community."

Saldivar said he had a “revealing talk with him, confirmed by the testimonies of many boxers, who express their admiration and gratitude for the unconditional support he has given them, which has allowed them to improve their lives in a special way.

"I am nobody to judge any person, and that has been the policy of our organization, to combat all types of discrimination and abuse of power, before any person and group,” he adds.

“That is why Daniel will have our full support in his quest to bring benefits to boxing.”

Meanwhile, Ford had been due to meet the 30-year-old ‘Iranian Hulk’ in a bout later this month.

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Ford was due to meet the Iranian Hulk later this month

Ford was due to meet the Iranian Hulk later this month

Ford was due to meet the Iranian Hulk later this month

Although Gharibi’s weightlifting body has caused a stir online and is said to weigh a massive 370lbs, much more than Ford's 309lbs, the Brit was unimpressed after their first meeting with the Iranian.

He claimed the Hulk’s photos had actually been photoshopped and was not as big as he claims.

"He was not what I expected," Ford stated.

"I think he's just fooled the world with photoshop, if I'm honest. Seeing him in real life is not as impressive as seeing him in pictures.

"So disheartening I think is the word. He was tiny.

"He didn't look anything like he had made out.

"That was the first time I'd seen him in real-life. He was big, probably bigger than 18 stone, but he wasn't scary big. He just felt like a big kid that didn't really train if I'm being honest.

"He was supposed to be twice my size."

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