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Romney's Next Battle: Fighting Evander Holyfield for Charity

By    |   Monday, 16 Mar 2015 09:32 PM

For the past few decades, Mitt Romney has duked it out on the political hustings with tough customers ranging from Ted Kennedy and Barack Kennedy to John McCain, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.

But with his recent decision to stay out of the 2016 presidential race, Romney has opted for a different kind of competition: former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield.

Dealing with sometimes ornery political heavyweights isn't easy. But does it prepare the former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate for going toe to toe with Holyfield, a man who after all had part of his ear bit off in a 1997 fight with Mike Tyson and made a commercial joking about the experience?

Probably not.

But on May 15, Romney, 68, will step into the ring anyway with the 52-year-old Holyfield in Salt Lake City, for what he says will be the one and only fight of his career.

The fight is a fundraising event for Charity Vision, a humanitarian organization founded 20 years ago by retired Utah physician Bill Jackson.

As a mission president in the Philippines for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Jackson had seen terrible suffering in regions lacking medical care. The charity works with medical suppliers in order to provide state-of-the-art medical equipment to medical facilities and doctors in poor countries around the world. It requires that at least half of the medical services and surgeries it provides go to the poor, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

The fundraiser in the Utah capital aims to create corporate sponsorships ranging from $25,000 to $250,000.

Romney said Charity Vision operates on an annual budget of $1 million. It oversees about 40,000 surgeries a year in poor countries.

As for the boxing aspect of the fundraiser, Romney has a ready answer to those who wonder about getting into the ring with Holyfield.

"We just thought it would be a lot better to provide this kind of entertainment rather than just have dinner and listen to speakers," he said.

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