Mutual admiration

MURRAY GREIG, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:50 AM ET

When he's talking about Tye Fields, Ken Lakusta has a hard time restraining his enthusiasm.

"I've always said, 'Show me a guy with brains who will listen, and I'll show you a guy who can be a world champion,' " the two-time Canadian heavyweight champ said during a break from sparring with Fields at the Legends Training Centre.

"Tye's got the brains, he's got the punch ... and he listens. He follows instructions to the letter.

"You watch him move around and you forget very quickly that this is a guy who's six-eight and 285. Wait till we get him down to 260 - he'll move like a middleweight!"

Lakusta is particularly impressed with Fields' ring pedigree.

The Montana-born slugger's record of 41-2 (37 KOs), includes stoppages of former WBA champ Bruce Seldon and world-ranked contender Julius Long, and a 12-round decision over Sherman Williams for the USBA title.

"Tye has the size, the style and the punch to give any heavyweight in the world fits; that's why he was the last guy to spar with Lennox Lewis before Lewis beat (Vitali) Klitschko," said Lakusta.

"Lennox is no dummy. He wanted a guy who would give him the same look and power as Klitschko, so he picked Tye. And don't forget, he's a southpaw, too. That's gold."

Fields is equally impressed with Lakusta as a trainer.

"I feel real lucky to be working with Kenny, because as well as having been in there with guys like (Mike) Tyson and (George) Foreman and (Larry) Holmes, he's a good teacher," said Fields.

"We make a good team. Kenny's showing me stuff no other trainer has ever showed me, and to know that he's had the same experiences in the ring just makes it better.

"I can't wait to show Edmonton what we've got to offer."


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