Yes, you read that right: Mitt Romney will take part in a real-life boxing match.
In two months, the former presidential candidate and ex-Massachusetts governor is slated to fight Evander Holyfield, the former heavyweight world champion, in a charity boxing match.
Romney, 68, will fight a former professional prizefighter who beat Mike Tyson. The bout will take place May 15.
“It will either be a very short fight, or I will be knocked unconscious,” Romney said, according to the Salt Lake 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.”
The charity that Romney will be fighting for, Charity Vision, is a humanitarian organization that was founded 20 years ago by a retired Salt Lake City physician, Bill Jackson. “It [Charity Vision] operates on about a $1 million annual budget,” Romney said. The foundation is able to oversee approximately 40,000 surgeries per yea in developing countries.
Romney’s son, Josh, said that the match will be “patterned after a 1920s-style event.”
“We just thought it would be a lot better to provide this kind of entertainment rather than just have dinner and listen to speakers,” Mitt Romney added.
It’s unclear if Romney is actually going to train for the fight. The Tribune report said he has “two months to work on his footwork.”