Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and five-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield squared off in the ring at a charity fight — if you could call it that — in Salt Lake City.

Romney, 68, and Holyfield, 52, sparred 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.

The two barely threw any punches and largely just danced around, occasionally lightly jabbing each other in the midsection in what was much more of a comedic event than an actual bout.

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.

Romney’s son Josh Romney, who lives in Utah, serves as a volunteer president for CharityVision.

Corporate sponsorships for the event ranged from $25,000 to $250,000. Organizers say they raised at least $1 million.

“He said, ‘You know what? You float like a bee and sting like a butterfly,’ ” Romney said after the fight.

Harrison guitar sells for $490,000

A guitar George Harrison played at a time when Beatlemania was taking flight has sold for nearly half a million dollars at a New York auction. Julien’s Auctions says the 1963 Mastersound electric guitar went for $490,000 to an undisclosed bidder. Julien’s says Harrison borrowed it from a British music store and played it on stage several times in England and in Channel Islands in the summer of 1963. It was offered during a two-day rock memorabilia auction. A so-called “penguin” suit that Elvis Presley wore on stage in Las Vegas in 1975 sold for nearly $122,000. Presley’s marriage certificate from his 1967 wedding to ­Priscilla Presley sold for more than $40,000. A vest worn by Jimi Hendrix sold for over $59,000. A tank top Madonna wore sold for $25,000.


– eight years after they first separated. The pair reportedly reached a financial settlement of sorts in 2009, according to TMZ, but neither of them actually filed for divorce until now. Asner wed her in 1998. Their initial split almost a decade later quickly turned contentious when he tried to cut off his wife’s spousal support, alleging that she wasn’t making an effort to become self-supporting. Asner, 85, is best known for his role as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. He had previously been married to Nancy Sykes from 1959 to 1988.


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