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Poker Pros To Fight In Charity Fundraiser

Brian Rast, Sorel Mizzi To Box In Las Vegas This Month

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It’s not a huge prop bet, but poker pros Brian Rast and Sorel Mizzi will be fighting later this month. The event is a fundraiser for REG Charity, a Switzerland-based group backed by several top poker players.

Rast and Mizzi will be boxing for four two-minute rounds at Syndicate MMA Gym in Las Vegas. Tickets will be $20 for regular admission and $80 for VIP, with all proceeds going to REG Charity.

Rast, who has $15.8 million in lifetime tournament earnings, and Mizzi, who has cashed for more than $11 million in his career, are among the most successful tournament grinders in history.

Poker players beating each other up with money on the line is not that uncommon. In October, JC Alvarado and Olivier Busquet agreed to a MMA fight in April. Someone will walk away more than $100,000 richer. Alvarado actually has previous MMA experience.

This past summer, Doug Polk and David Sands failed to negotiate a $500,000 battle due to disagreement on the date of the fight. Polk wanted six months to train, while Sands was interested in fighting right away.

Other successful fights between poker pros include Gus Hansen and Theo Jorgensen boxing in 2009, with the latter taking a five-figure sum from Hansen, and Lex Veldhuis and Bertrand Grospellier kickboxing several years ago. Veldhuis won that fight against the Frenchman.

None of the aforementioned battles stemmed from any animosity between the poker pros.

That doesn’t mean there won’t be some taunting on social media. Some trash talk has already began between Rast and Mizzi on Twitter.