Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, will face his toughest fight yet on Friday, when he enters the ring with former heavyweight champion of the world Evander Holyfield.
The bout, which will take place in Salt Lake City in front of a crowd of around 10,000, will see Romney, 68, fight Holyfield, 52, to raise money for Charity Vision, a charity which raises money for children with eyesight problems in Peru.
The due have already been sparring in the build-up to the fight. In a humorous promotional video, Holyfield asks: “Does he even work out? I’m too quick, too agile for him.”
But Harvard graduate and eloquent speaker Romney retorts: “Well, it’s true, I don’t have much of a right hook. But when I get somebody’s ear, I can be pretty formidable.”
Holyfield won a bronze medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He is a former undisputed champion at both cruiserweight and heavyweight, with a record of 44 wins – 29 by knockout – 10 losses, two draws and one no contest. In 2014, he took part in the UK’s Celebrity Big Brother. He was the first housemate to be evicted.
Romney doesn’t have many sporting accomplishments but he did come extremely close to becoming the leader of the free world when he battled Barack Obama for the US Presidency in 2012, losing a closely-fought election.