Mitt Romney, a presidential candidate in the 2012 race, will face off against boxing legend Evander Holyfield, a four-time World Heavyweight Champion, to raise money for charity.
The match, scheduled to take place in May in Salt Lake City will raise funds for Charity Vision, a charity group the Romney family has contributed to and worked with for years. The former Massachusetts governor recently went with the group to India.
The charity is known for supplying much-needed medical gear to poor nations around the world to assist with eye surgeries. The founder of Charity Vision, Bill Jackson, is a Mormon, like Romney. Romney previously ran the 2002 Winter Olympic games, held in Salt Lake City that year, with great success.
When asked about the fight by the Salt Lake City Tribune, Romney quipped, “It will either be a very short fight, or I will be knocked unconscious. It won’t be much of a fight. We’ll both suit up and get in the ring and spar around a little bit,” said Romney.
Romney may have a tough time going up against Holyfield. In a quote, Holyfield said, “I had my ear chewed off and spat on the ground in front of me. I’ve seen everything it is possible to see in boxing. I know this business better than anyone. So I live and die by my own decisions.”
Holyfield is referring to his well-known 1997 battle with Mike Tyson, where Tyson bit Holyfield’s ear during the match.
The match is scheduled for May 15.
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