Mitt Romney and Evander Holyfield help raise $1M in charity boxing match

Mitt Romney and Evander Holyfield help raise $1M in charity boxing match

Raleigh Addington
Raleigh Addington
editor at Chartwell Speakers

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and five-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield squared off in the ring at a charity boxing match in Salt Lake City.

The black-tie affair raised money for the Utah-based organisation CharityVision, which helps doctors in developing countries perform surgeries to restore vision in people with curable blindness. The pair previously released a hype video, which can be seen below.

Romney, 68, and Holyfield, 52, sparred for just two short rounds before Mitt threw in the towel, giving up a round early in the light-hearted fight that came amid several other fights by professional boxers and an auction.

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“He’s the oldest person that I ever fought. He’s the smallest person I ever fought,” Holyfield said. “I’ve got a lot of respect for that”.

Following the good-natured match, Holyfield commented that “For a man who’s never got in the ring to box, he can throw a jab…He can move around. I was impressed.”

Corporate sponsorships for the event ranged from $25,000 to $250,000. Organisers say they raised at least $1 million.

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Mitt RomneyMitt Romney was the 2012 Republican nominee for President of the United States. He was also a leading candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, which eventually went to John McCain. Elected Governor of Massachusetts in 2002, Mitt Romney presided over a dramatic reversal of state fortunes and a period of sustained economic expansion. Without raising taxes or increasing debt, he balanced the budget every year of his administration, closing a $3 billion budget gap inherited when he took office.

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