At last night’s weigh-in, Romney came in at 179 pounds to Holyfield’s 236.
“Mitt, you can’t run, you can’t hide. Come and get your whuppin,’” Holyfield said in a hilarious video previewing the match.
The pair of heavyweights (on political, the other athletic) are facing off Friday night in Salt Lake City to benefit CharityVision, an nonprofit that works with physicians in developing countries to eradicate curable blindness.
Romney – who said his sons nicknamed him “the Glove” – told the New York Times he’ll wear classic boxing attire, a red silk robe and red silk shorts, and will enter the ring to the strains of “I will survive.”
The fight night is expected to raise about a million dollars – enough for about 40,000 surgeries plus equipment, screenings and doctor training in poverty-stricken areas worldwide.
“If I’m successful in the bout with Evander, then my next bout is going to be with Harry [Reid,]” Romney told the Times. (The Democratic Majority Leader was a boxer before he became a politician.)
However, in tonight’s bout, “I expect to be beaten but unbowed,” Romney vowed.