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'Sting like a butterfly': Holyfield jabs Romney for charity

'Sting like a butterfly': Holyfield jabs Romney in charity boxing match that raises $1 million

'Sting like a butterfly': Holyfield jabs Romney for charity

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and five-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield squared off in the ring at a charity fight in Salt Lake City.

Romney, 68, and Holyfield, 52, sparred -- if you could call it that -- for just two short rounds Friday before Romney ran away from the boxer and threw in the towel, giving up a round early in the lighthearted fight that came amid several other fights by professional boxers and an auction.

"He said, 'You know what? You float like a bee and sting like a butterfly,'" Romney said after the fight.

The black-tie affair raised money for the Utah-based organization CharityVision, which helps doctors in developing countries perform surgeries to restore vision in people with curable blindness. Organizers say they raised at least $1 million.

Romney, the most-high profile Mormon in America, is hugely popular in the state, where more than 60 percent of the residents are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The former Massachusetts governor is also remembered by many for turning around Salt Lake City's 2002 Winter Olympics after a bribery scandal.

Updated : 2021-09-25 03:52 GMT+08:00