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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and five-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield are set to square off at a charity fight night event in Salt Lake City on Friday night.

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left, and five-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield pose for a photo after an official weigh-in Thursday, May 14, 2015, in Holladay, Utah. Romney and Holyfield are set to square off at a charity fight on Friday, May 15, in Salt Lake City. The black-tie event will raise money for the Utah-based organization CharityVision, which helps doctors in developing countries perform surgeries to restore vision in people with curable blindness. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Romney and Holyfield, wearing full protective gear, will spar in the boxing ring for a lighthearted fight before the night’s three fights by professional boxers.

The black-tie event is raising money for the Utah-based organization CharityVision, which helps doctors in developing countries perform surgeries to restore vision in people with curable blindness.

Romney’s son Josh Romney, who lives in Utah, serves as a volunteer president for CharityVision.

Corporate sponsorships for the event range from $25,000 to $250,000. Organizers say the event is expected to raise $1,000,000.

Ahead of the fight, Romney and Holyfield participated in an official weigh-in Thursday night.

In a web video previewing the event, Romney and Holyfield hype the event while working out and wearing boxing shorts.

“It’s true, I don’t have much of a right hook, but when I get somebody’s ear, I can be pretty formidable,” Romney said.

“Mitt you can’t run, you can’t hide. Come get your whoopin’,” Holyfield said.

Romney, the most-high profile Mormon in America, is hugely popular in the state, where more than 60 percent of the residents are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Beyond his religious connections, the former Massachusetts governor is remembered by many for turning around Salt Lake City’s 2002 Winter Olympics after a bribery scandal.

Romney has recently built a home in the Salt Lake City area and registered as a Utah voter.

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4 thoughts on “Mitt Romney Faces Off Against Evander Holyfield?

  1. MacBen on said:

    Holyfield sold out to the white man- for money. The white man gets to show that he aint scared of some big black strong buck- n!gger. Then goes home a hero to his white wife and busts that thang out. This is terrible.

  2. Who dreamed of this crazy idea? Mittens may as well wear mittens instead of boxing gloves! This whole thing is a joke. A funny one tho! 🙂

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