Mitt Romney to Fight Evander Holyfield in Charity Boxing Match

The former governor seems to be in a self-sabotaging mood.

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Photo via Associated Press

Today in extreme WTF news, Mitt Romney is going to step into the ring with former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield in Salt Lake City, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. The fight is part of a fundraiser for Charity Vision, an organization that helps doctors perform eye surgeries in poorer areas of the world. Romney’s son Josh is also the volunteer president.

“It will either be a very short fight, or I will be knocked unconscious,” the former GOP presidential candidate/infamous self-sabotager told the Tribune. “It won’t be much of a fight. We’ll both suit up and get in the ring and spar around a little bit.”

At a black-tie event on May 15, the 68-year-old Romney will take on the still-very-fit Holyfield, the same guy who’s famous for clashes with other boxing heroes like Mike Tyson. According to the Associated Press, corporate sponsorships for the event range from $25,000 to $250,000. Psh, chump change.

“We just thought it would be a lot better to provide this kind of entertainment rather than just have dinner and listen to speakers,” Romney told the Tribune.

While the fight has lighthearted implications, we can’t help but wonder what “lighthearted” means to Holyfield versus what it means to Romney. Also, is Mitt Romney concerned about his salt-and-pepper locks getting mussed? Will this be the Fight Club remake we’ve all been waiting for?

All great questions, ones without clear answers.