Iranian Hulk vs. Kazakh Titan Tale of the Band After Boxing Fight Call
Iran’s Hulk fight against Martyn Ford is dead and buried, but the strongman may have a new opponent on his hands after being called out by the Kazakh Titan
The Kazakh Titan – real name Almat Bakhytovich – recently called for a fight with the Iranian Hulk, but how do the two strongmen compare?
Little is known about Bakhytovich other than he’s been calling to fight the Hulk – real name Sajad Gharibi – for several years. It’s clear from a look at the Kazakh’s Instagram that he doesn’t like Gharibi and wants to box him after the Iranian’s recent fight failed.
Gharibi was due to fight British actor and fellow bodybuilder Martyn Ford, also known as ‘the scariest man alive’ in London last month. According to Ford, the fight was canceled over “mental health issues” regarding Gharibi.
The Iranian refuted his rival’s claim and threatened legal action against him. Keen to rebook another fight against a different opponent, Bakhytovich is a perfect opponent for Gharibi so let’s take a look at the profiles of the two giants.
Little is known about Bakhytovich, who is an influencer from Kazakhstan with 23,000 Instagram followers. He claims to be a two-time strongman champion and a “master” of MMA and combat sambo.
According to his Instagram bio, Bakhytovich is 5’7″ tall but weighs 115kg. He claims to do bench press 150kg and deadlift 300kg. Bakhytovich also won first place in some kind of bodybuilding competition in his native country. two years ago.
Bakhytovich’s muscles aren’t purely for show as he uses his physique for several strength challenges. He received an award for pulling a 109-ton cargo container last year and tried to go further by moving a 26-ton plane at Nur-Sultan airport, but failed.
The Kazakh’s other (questionable) feats of strength include breaking a pair of metal handcuffs, cracking a nut with one finger and opening a coke can with his bare hands. He also blew up a hot water bottle – with Gharibi’s face glued to it – by blowing into it.
In his latest challenge to Gharibi, he threw a doll with his face on it while declaring, “Sajad, I’m waiting for a contract. I am a master in MMA and a master in combat sambo. Let’s fight Sajad, let’s fight. Not you Hulk, you Sajad. Lets fight.
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Standing at 6’2″ and weighing over 175kg, Gharibi’s mountain physique made him go viral on social media several years ago. He was accused of photographing his pictures and fans were even more skeptical when Gharibi was upstaged by Ford during their Dubai stare.
Like his counterpart Bakhytovich, the Iranian is a multi-talented man. A bodybuilder, strongman and aspiring fighter, Gharibi showed off his level of strength by crushing objects such as a frying pan and an orange with his bare hands. He also claims that his arms are 30 centimeters.
Gharibi has never competed in any discipline, but was rumored to fight rival Ford several years ago in Polish MMA organization KSW. Ford signed for the promotion, but Gharibi never followed suit and the fight fell through.
Outside of fights, the Iranian was linked with a strongman showdown with Ford in 2019, but a fight never materialized for him as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Gharibi also wanted to help fight Islamic State terrorists in 2016, saying an end to the war in Syria was his “dearest desire”.
Gharibi hailed a fight with Bakhytovich after telling the Daily Star he “called him to war”. The Iranian wants to avoid any promotion for the fight after his fight with Ford and step straight into the ring against his Kazakh rival.