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Even now nearing 50, Evander Holyfield still claims to be pursuing the undisputed heavyweight championship.
Evander Holyfield is the easy place to start. A former undisputed cruiserweight and heavyweight champion, Holyfield was one of the best fighters of his era.
But his era is long over, and the only one who doesn't seem to get that is the man himself.
For those of us who grew up as Holyfield fans, you remember watching a man who wasn't the biggest or most talented guy get in there and go toe-to-toe with fighters like Ray Mercer, Riddick Bowe and George Foreman. You remember Evander Holyfield, who defied the odds and all the pundits and knocked out Mike Tyson in a fight that most considered him insane for even taking.
You remember that great feeling you had when Holyfield settled the score and knocked down Michael Moorer five times en route to a stoppage victory. You remember the excitement of the buildup to the Holyfield-Lewis fights and then the sick feeling in your stomach when the ludicrous draw was announced.
Regardless of what you felt towards Evander Holyfield the man, you could not dispute that there was never a man who entered the ring with more heart, determination and guts than the "Real Deal."
But all of that, as we now get ready to leave 2012, has long since faded. Holyfield continues to trudge on against what can best be described as a collection of club-fighters and has-beens and even a few never-was fighters. He still entertains dreams of fighting for a piece of the heavyweight title and has recently been calling out the Klitschko brothers.
Thank goodness that both Vitali and Wladimir have declined the fight, citing their respect for the former champ. Evander hasn't held a heavyweight title since 2000 and last fought for one and ironically was robbed of it, against Nikolai Valuev in 2008.
Since being turned down by the Klitschkos, Holyfield has now set his sights on WBA champion Alexander Povetkin.
For those of us who grew up rooting for Holyfield, this is horrible for many reasons. One, the man continues to fight when he is at least a decade past his prime. And two, this fight has a better than 50-50 shot of happening. All we can hope for is that Holyfield comes to his senses and gets out before it's too late.