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Romney Readies for Boxing Event — But Not as Fighter This Time

Romney Readies for Boxing Event — But Not as Fighter This Time
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By    |   Friday, 03 June 2016 01:27 PM EDT

Mitt Romney's headed back into the boxing ring — but this time as an emcee and not a fighter.

The GOP two-time presidential candidate is helping his son Josh stage a second boxing event in Salt Lake City, Utah, on July 11.

It will benefit Josh's charity CharityVision, which helps people in developing nations with blindness.

In May 2015, Romney donned a pair of white shorts and boxing gloves and gamely went two rounds with former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, whose ear was once partially bitten off by Mike Tyson.

But this year, he's not listed on the card of the upcoming event and is instead expected to act as emcee.

"I think he would have done it [again] for sure had we asked him, but we wanted to branch out and do something a little different and give my dad a break. He had a great time," Josh Romney told The Deseret News.

Last year, Romney, then 68 and 179 pounds, said of his bout with Holyfield, "the good news is that [he] always hits above the belt, and sometimes in politics that isn't the way things are done"

Holyfield, 52 at the time and 236 pounds, quipped: "He's the oldest person that I ever fought. He's the smallest person I ever fought. I've got a lot of respect for that."

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