Mitt Romney finally stepped into the ring for his charity boxing match with Evander Holyfield on Friday night, the oddest thing you’ll ever seen featuring a former presidential candidate. Romney took on Holyfield to raise money for Charity Vision, an organization that brought in around $1 million from the bout and will be able to help 40,000 regain their sight.
The fight itself was all smiles and light touches, with Romney throwing in the towel at the end of the second round. I’m not sure what led to it happening in the first place, but the sight of Romney in his boxing outfit was worth it. It was also apparently a good bit of public relations for Romney according to his wife in a chat with CNN:
“The whole thing makes me laugh,” Ann Romney said, chuckling, as she told CNN before the match. “Mitt might write like a fantastic editorial about the Iran nuclear deal and how troubling it might be and nobody reads it. But he’s going to step in the ring with Evander Holyfield and like the whole world knows.”
The highlight of the fight was this “epic” knockdown, certainly not staged at all:
And then we also got to see Romney work the body a bit, “floating like a bee and stinging like a butterfly” according to Holyfield:
All that was missing was an appearance from the Fan Man and a possible run in by Riddick Bowe. Actually, this entire thing would’ve been a lot better if it turned out more like the Thunderlips fight from Rocky III. I’d pay a good bit of money to see Ann Romney hit Evander Holyfield with a chair. Not enough to buy my own car elevator, but a good bit.