Mitt Romney Will Box Evander Holyfield For Charity & If It Looks Like This, It'll Be Hilarious — PHOTOS
If you ever wanted to deliver a swift — but playful and loving, of course — punch to former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, then you can live vicariously though heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield on Friday. Former Massachusetts Gov. Romney and Holyfield will box in a match to raise money for Charity Vision, which treats eye problems in Peru. The two have released a hilarious video to garner support for the match, which is projected to raise about $1 million for the charity.
The face-off will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Holyfield, who retired in 2012, is going to be quite the opponent for Romney. Holyfield is most famous for his two matches against Mike Tyson — the latter of the two is the one where Tyson bit off part of Holyfield's ear. Eek. Holyfield won a bronze medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. His career as a cruiserweight and heavyweight champion boasts a record of 44 wins — 29 by knockout — 10 losses, two draws, and one no contest.
But, hey, Romney's record isn't exactly barren. Well, maybe in the ring it is, but he did write a book! The video shows Romney reading No Apology: the Case for American Greatness as part of his "training" regimen. Romney is also a man of "robust health," according to the Guardian. I'm not sure why this information is available, but he had an impressive resting heart rate of 40 beats per minute, according to a physical performed just before his presidential run against President Barack Obama in 2012. He addresses his critics in the promotional video, saying he will prove to them that he's not "stiff."
"For years I've been listening to garbage like that, and I've decided to fight back," Romney says in the video. He says he's going to do it by taking on the former heavyweight champion of the world, and then he raises his badass boxing gloves.
But, then, the camera cuts to Holyfield, who is shown in the gym, covered in sweat and running on a treadmill.
"I train everyday for people a lot tougher than Mitt Romney," Holyfield jokes in the video, wearing tight tank tops that show off his intimidating biceps and trapezius muscles. "Does he even work out?"
Then the camera cuts back to Romney, who is also training so that he can put up his best fight at the age of 68. "You might think this is just a joke," he says as he pushes out another rep. "But I'm taking this very seriously."
Then the camera cuts to a clip of Holyfield back in his prime boxing days, just before his horrifying fight with Tyson. "I realized that day, I've got to be the very best," he says. "I believe I can do it."
Then the trash talking gets real, and Romney pulls out all the stops: "Well, it's true, I don't have much of a right hook," he says. "But when I get somebody's ear, I can be pretty formidable."
Holyfield fires back, saying that Romney's punches just won't stack up to Holyfield's agility in the ring. "He can throw punches, but I'm too quick — too agile for him," Holyfield says, over more old footage showcasing his footwork during a match. "Mitt, you can't run, you can't hide. Come get your whoopin'."
But then Romney returns to the screen, gloves off, looking clean and politician-y, to reveal the kind truth behind the jokes and the sweat:
In all seriousness, Evander and I are coming together to support an extraordinary record. Last year, charity vision performed almost 40,000 surgeries in some of the poorest countries in the world. We're coming together May 15 to raise money so that we can do the same kind of work next year. We hope you'll support us.
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