ElkY Grospellier Kicked In Head By Veldhuis For KONovember 23, 2011 3:26 pm
True to their word, poker pals Lex “RaSZi” Veldhuis and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier fought yesterday as part of their much touted kick-boxing contest.
The Team PokerStars Pros eventually squared up to each other in a ring inside the Marcelena bullfighting arena in Spain, with the contest scheduled to end after five three-minute rounds or a knock-out.
Going into the fight, Dutchman Lex Veldhuis was a clear favourite being naturally athletic and having had some previous boxing experience when he was younger.
For some time, Veldhuis has also been spotted training at some of the best gyms in Holland, whilst the lanky Frenchman Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier has had very little fighting experience and saw the contest as an opportunity to improve his overall fitness, which suffered from his unhealthy lifestyle.
The fight was also attended by a crowd of raucous friends and fans, with top Russian poker pro Eugene Katchalov counted amongst their numbers. Before the bout, Katchalov had tweeted:
“Leaving Greece today and flying to Marbella, Spain to watch elkypoker fight RaSZi. Super excited as I’m sure it’ll be a great match!”
In the end, the fight took just four minutes to complete as Round 2 saw Bertrand Grospellier kicked twice in the head in quick succession before dropping to the canvass and unable to get back up on his feet.
Commenting after the dramatic fight, Lex Veldhuis expressed his respect for Grospellier and said:
“I have to give Elky a lot of credit because after the first kick that got him to fall down to the ground, he got up after 8 seconds and raised his fists after I just hit him pretty hard. I’ve got a lot of respect for him because he stood up and came toward me again after that big hit.”
Subsequently, Lex “RaSZi” Veldhuis uploaded the video to youtube, which can now be viewed here.