Fight Between Elky And Lex Veldhuis On Sidelines Of Amsterdam Poker TournamentNovember 16, 2011 12:22 pm
It has been on the cards for almost two years now, but finally the much-touted fight between poker pros Lex Veldhuis and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier has been confirmed for November 22nd, after the Master Classics of Poker tournament in Amsterdam.
The kick-boxing contest idea initially started as a side-bet between the two friends, who are also both members of “Team Pokerstars Pro.”
However, it was delayed on several occasions, with reasons ranging from physical injuries, to lack of training to Black Friday. This time it would seem nothing will stand in the way of the two poker pros, after Lex Veldhuis wrote on his blog that they have “a 100% date.”
The kick-boxing fight will consist of five rounds of three-minutes, with a champion declared only after a competitor is knocked out or quits before the fight is over.
Going into the fight, Dutchman Lex Veldhuis comes from a country famed for producing K-1 World Grand Prix champions, with 15 of the past 18 winners from Holland.
He will also be a clear favourite against the Frenchman, and assessing their conditions ahead of the fight, wrote:
“I am more athletic and I have better coordination, plus some experience in fight. ElkY is in better shape and has been working out more consistently, going to special training camps and putting in a lot of hours.”
However, the poker community already seem convinced who the eventual winner will be, with one TwoPlusTwo forum member writing:
“I’ll take Lex for sure. Don’t know about Elky, but I know Lex has been training for a long time in one of the best gyms in the Netherlands. And we have a lot of those here!”
Good luck to the pros ahead of their fight. Other players who have also come to blows inside the ring in the past include Theo Jorgensen, who won $35,000 from Gus Hansen after defeating him in a boxing match back in 2008.
Also, the same year PokerStars pro Liv Boeree defeated reporter Melissa Castello, with both fighters raising money for their respective charities.