Mitt Romney is going to box Evander Holyfield—like, for real

Here's how to watch.


Feliks Garcia

Internet Culture

Published May 15, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 7:56 pm CDT

“Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up,” according to Rocky Balboa; and if there’s anyone who knows about refusing to give up, it’s former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

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Taking Balboa’s words to heart, the 68-year old Romney will be stepping into a literal boxing ring Friday night to face the former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield—who in no way will give 110 percent Friday lest he face killing a former state governor.

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You may think Romney’s bitten off more than he can chew—in fact, there are already a ton of ear-biting jokes coming from his corner, but the fight’s for a good cause. The bout is expected to raise $1 million for Charity Vision, a nonprofit organization that helps people with vision problems in developing countries. The money is expected to go toward medical equipment, surgeries, screenings, and medical training, NPR reports.

In the promo video, you can watch Romney as he works up a sweat in the gym, and Holyfield shows off his fitness prowess with some back extensions and heavy bent-over row, as he asks, “Does [Mitt] even work out?” The champ’s still got it!

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Maybe Romney has a chance, just so long as he brings at least 47 percent of his game.

Oh and yes, you can livestream the fight via Periscope.

H/T NPR | Screengrab via CV FighTeam/YouTube

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*First Published: May 15, 2015, 8:18 pm CDT