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Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, right, throws punches with five-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield at a charity fight night event Friday, May 15, 2015, in Salt Lake City. The black-tie event will raise money for the Utah-based organization CharityVision, which helps doctors in developing countries perform surgeries to restore vision in people with curable blindness. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)[/caption]
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and five-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield squared off in the boxing ring at a charity fight night event in Salt Lake City on Friday night.
Romney and Holyfield sparred in the boxing ring for a light-hearted fight on Friday, before the night's three fights by professional boxers.
The black-tie event raised money for the Utah-based organisation CharityVision, which helps doctors in developing countries perform surgeries to restore vision in people with curable blindness.
Romney 'knocked down' Holyfield in the second round, but later in the round, his corner threw in the towel, giving the win to the fighter known as the 'Real Deal'.
Politics found its' way into the charity bout, with one fan playfully shouting out "put Hillary in there" referring to Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton.
Romney's son Josh Romney, who lives in Utah, serves as a volunteer president for CharityVision.
Corporate sponsorships for the event range from $25,000 to $250,000. Organisers say the event is expected to raise $1,000,000.
Ahead of the fight, Romney and Holyfield participated in an official weigh-in Thursday night.
Romney, 68, weighed in at 179 pounds and Holyfield, 52, weighed in at 236 pounds.
In a web video previewing the event, Romney and Holyfield hype the event while working out and wearing boxing shorts.
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.
Beyond his religious connections, the former Massachusetts governor is remembered by many for turning around Salt Lake City's 2002 Winter Olympics after a bribery scandal.
Romney has recently built a home in the Salt Lake City area and registered as a Utah voter.