Povetkin vs Holyfield 17th December 2011? One Last Title Shot for the Real Deal

Martin SaltCorrespondent ISeptember 8, 2011

LAS VEGAS - APRIL 10:  Evander Holyfield (C) celebrates with Crown Boxing's Steve Nanartowicz (L) and Frank Luca (R) after Holyfield defeated Francois Botha by TKO in the eighth-round of their heavyweight bout at the Thomas & Mack Center April 10, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Reports are beginning to surface that the new WBA World Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin is to fight former undisputed Heavyweight king Evander Holyfield on the 17th December 2011 in Zurich, Switzerland.

For Holyfield, this must be the final world title shot of his career at the age of 48. The 'Real Deal' last held a version of the Heavyweight title in 2001 before losing his WBA belt to John Ruiz in the final fight of their boxing trilogy.

Ten years is a long time in boxing. For Holyfield, retirement at the age of 38 would not have been a disgrace considering his glittering career up until that point.

Since his defeat to Ruiz, Holyfield has hurt his great reputation by continuing to fight with little success. There are boxers who continue to fight into their 40s but only a few manage to achieve success. Bernard Hopkins and George Foreman are the notable examples.

Holyfield never seemed to be the same fighter after his defeats to John Ruiz and has existed over the last few years by fighting fringe contenders in the Heavyweight division.

In October 2007, WBO Heavyweight champion of the time Sultan Ibragimov gave Holyfield a title shot only for Holyfield to be beaten badly by a unanimous points decision. 

Holyfield was lucky to gain a title shot against the then WBA Heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev in 2008. Holyfield fought well and was seen by many commentators to be the winner. Valuev was controversially awarded the victory by majority decision.

Holyfield has been given the chance to fight for the world title once again, albeit the 'regular' version of the WBA Heavyweight title. 

For Povetkin, the fight should be relatively straight forward and it will be very hard to see Holyfield being a threat. It seems more of a fight designed to expose Povetkin to the American boxing market along with a decent payday.

There are more credible opponents out there but it seems trainer Teddy Atlas will be happy for his newly crowned champion to take a couple of easy fights before challenging the more accomplished boxers in the division.

It's highly unlikely that Povetkin will be fighting the Klitschko brothers in the near future. It is near impossible to think that the Klitschko brothers would also even consider fighting Holyfield.

So, will Evander Holyfield go out in a blaze of glory? If not, then let's hope that he doesn't risk causing himself real harm.