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Poker Pro Antonio Esfandiari Says He's Getting 35:1 Odds In Boxing Match With Kevin Hart

High-Stakes Match Will Take Place 'Around March,' Esfandiari Says


Poker pro Antonio Esfandiari and actor, comedian and poker enthusiast Kevin Hart have agreed to a boxing match slated for early next year.

Esfandiari broke the news to TMZ Sports. “Kevin Hart and I were playing [poker] the other day, we were hanging out […] and somehow boxing comes up,” he said. “So, we made a bet. And, in March, around March, we are going to box in a ring.”

Esfandiari, 39, wouldn’t reveal the stakes, but he said that he’s getting 35:1 odds to fight Hart, because Hart is “an athlete” and “fast as hell.” Hart is also 39 years of age.

However, Kevin Hart is just 5 feet, 4 inches tall, according to his Wikipedia page. There’s no official height available for Esfandiari, but he’s around 6-foot. Esfandiari didn’t reveal whether or not they will be required to meet a predetermined weight for the bout.

The match presumably would be held in Las Vegas.

The bout wouldn’t be the first time prominent poker players agreed to a fight. In 2016, Olivier Busquet and JC Alvarado met inside an MMA cage to settle a six-figure bet. In addition, Bertrand Grospellier vs. Lex Veldhuis and Sorel Mizzi vs. Brian Rast having taken place in recent years.