Former Massachusetts Governor and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has taken up boxing—for one night only. On May 15, Romney will fight former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield in Salt Lake City as a fundraiser for CharityVision. CharityVision is dedicated to preventing blindness in developing countries by training local doctors to perform surgeries to correct vision impairments. It currently operates in 25 countries.
Romney isn't over-confident about his chances in the fight. He told the Salt Lake City Tribune that he predicts the fight will be quite short.
"It will either be a very short fight, or I will be knocked unconscious," Romney quipped in an interview recently. "It won't be much of a fight. We'll both suit up and get in the ring and spar around a little bit."
The fundraiser will also include bouts between "real" prizefighters in addition to the marquee match up of Romney/Holyfield.
You know what? Good on Romney. I feel like most 68-year-olds wouldn't immediately agree to jump into a boxing ring with anyone for any reason, never mind Evander Holyfield. This is probably going to raise a lot of money for a good cause, and while Romney could have just cut the organization a check, he is directly getting involved and will (likely) make a fool of himself. That says something about him as a person.
Let's hope Romney is well-prepared for his fight.