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article imageMitt Romney faces up to Evander Holyfield for charity

By Daniel Woods     May 16, 2015 in Odd News
Mitt Romney swapped the suit, tie and hurricane-proof hair for gloves and shorts on Friday, as he squared up to Evander Holyfield in the name of charity
On Friday night in Salt Lake City, Utah, the former republican US presidential candidate Mitt Romney went toe to toe with five–time heavyweight champion and boxing legend Evander Holyfield.
The event was staged to raise funds and publicity for CharityVision, a non profit charitable organisation that collaborates with medical specialists to treat those with visual impairment living in poverty throughout the developing world.
CharityVision's mission is to empower local physicians with resources, and build a network of eye care providers capable of providing for their own community.
At the Thursday night weigh in Romney hit the scales with a weight of 179 lbs, and before the bout there was some of the traditional trash talking that accompanies such occasions. Holyfield sent a video message to Romney in which he humorously goaded him “Mitt, you can’t run, you can’t hide. Come and get your whooping.“
The ex–politician and ex–prize fighter threw some half hearted air punches, but for the majority of the encounter Evander Holyfield proceeded to chase Mitt Romney around the ring, as the 2012 presidential hopeful beared more resemblance to Floyd Mayweather than one of Holyfield’s other infamous opponents, his ear biting nemesis, Mike Tyson.
The bout lasted only 2 rounds before Mitt's corner threw in the towel but Romney 68, and Holyfield 52, managed to raise more than $1 million, which will help pay for medical supplies and 40,000 surgeries for those living in poverty around the world.
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