Former Massachussetts governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney will fight former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield in a charity bout in Salt Lake City, Ut. on May 15. Proceeds of the event will go to Charity Vision, a humanitarian organization which helps fund medical equipment for poor areas worldwide.
Mitt Romney will fight Evander Holyfield in a charity bout on May 15.
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The fight will be part of several bouts featured at the Rail Event Center in Salt Lake City, Ut., per The Salt Lake Tribune's Paul Rolly, who dubs Romney's latest venture as a "one-fight career."
"It will either be a very short fight, or I will be knocked unconscious," Romney tells Rolly. "It won't be much of a fight. We'll both suit up and get in the ring and spar around a little bit."
When asked if he will actually hit Romney, Holyfield told Fox Business (via USA Today) on Feb. 15, "We'll see."
"I just want him to stop hiding 'cause he's gonna get the whupping," Holyfield told Fox Business."You can't run and hide from me."
Rolly goes on to say the proceeds of the bout will go to Charity Vision, a humanitarian organization that provides medical equipment for poor areas around the globe. Dr. Bill Jackson of Salt Lake City founded the organization when he was mission president of The Church of Latter Day Saints in the Philippines.
Charity Vision will donate the state-of-the-art medical equipment on the condition that half of the services medical professionals provide "will be charity work for the poor," per The Salt Lake Tribune update.
Romney, who is Jackson's friend, and his son Josh have been "heavily involved" in Charity Vision's efforts, says Rolly. Romney adds the latest thrust of the organization has been eye surgeries. He also says the fight card they put together ought to be more appealing to the fans:
"It's an interesting model...It operates on about a $1 million annual budget.
"At the time, it was all kinds of medical procedures, so the name was changed to Charity Vision.
"We just thought it would be a lot better to provide this kind of entertainment rather than just have dinner and listen to speakers."
According to Rolly, corporate sponsorships for the Romney-Holyfield fight will run from $25,000 to $250,000.
Romney told The Boston Globe's Matt Viser on Jan. 30 that he will not run for president a third time:
"After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee.
"You can't imagine how hard it is for Ann and me to step aside, especially knowing of your support and the support of so many people across the country. But we believe it is for the best of the party and the nation."
Tagg Romney told Viser his father's chances of beating Hillary Clinton in the presidential race might not be too good:
"It's as much of a gut thing as anything else. Yeah, he could win the nomination. But all of the guns were going to be trained on him. And coming out of it, we would face Hillary Clinton.
"She'd be the first female nominee, have a lot of money coming out. Given how tough the primary would have been, his calculation was he would emerge not in a position of strength to take her on."
As for Holyfield, he confessed to TMZ on March 14 that his first love as a child growing up in Georgia was football and not boxing.
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