Charity Drives Romney to Exchange blows
Tim Hughes, flanked by two flapper girls!
Halt, before you run on an imaginative spree, for this is the part of the set up at Xcel Fitness Center in Holladay on Thursday night, a staged official weigh-in event, before the Friday brawl at the Rail Event Center in Salt Lake City, when the 68 year old Romney, weighing 179 pounds dares to combat a well toned Holyfield, weighing 236.5 pounds, all for charity!
Friday's Romney-Holyfield showdown will raise fund for ‘Charity Vision’, to the tune of $1 million. Charity Vision is a 20 year old, nonprofit organization, dedicated to saving the eyesight of impoverished people in developing nations. Bill Jackson, the group's founder, is friends with Romney and Josh, Romney's son serves as president of Charity Vision.
The former Massachusetts Governor and 2012 Republican Presidential nominee, Romney
and the five-time world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, appeared at this Fitness Center, got their weights recorded by an official of the Pete Suazo Utah Athletic Commission and announced dramatically by emcee Tim Hughes.
The organizers estimated that the charity raised more than $10,000. Approximately 400 people paid $25 for tickets to the weigh-in. Extra charges were paid to get a picture with Holyfield.
Mitt Romney thanked Evander Holyfield for agreeing to participate in the event and helping to raise money for the charity. Romney described Holyfield as a religious man, wanting to contribute for the sake of Christianity.
Doug Jackson, CEO of Charity Vision informed that Holyfield agreed to the bout for hardly any compensation, but just a sum to cover his expenses.
After the weigh-in, Holyfield described his career journey, how circumstances got him into boxing at the age of 8. Motivated by a 62 year old white man at the Boys Club in Atlanta, who told Holyfield that he could be the heavyweight champ, if he persisted and kept a good attitude, this youngest among nine siblings, resolved to give his heart and soul to boxing.
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