Boxer to touch base at CFB

MURRAY GREIG, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:55 AM ET

There will be a unique meeting of elite fighters at CFB Edmonton today.

World-ranked heavyweight boxer Tye (Big Sky) Fields will visit with students at Guthrie elementary school this morning at 10:45 before touring the base and meeting the troops - many of whom have been deployed in Afghanistan.

The six-foot-eight, 275-pound Fields, whose father is a doctor in the U.S. military, is scheduled to fight fellow American Nicolai Firtha for the World Boxing Council's Native American heavyweight championship on the June 20 Size Matters) card at the River Cree Resort & Casino.

"Touring the base is something I'm really looking forward to," Fields said yesterday.

"I'm excited about getting an up-close look at the Canadian military and having the opportunity to meet with the troops and the kids.

"I have the greatest respect for the men and women in uniform.

"Those people are real fighters because they've chosen to put their lives on the line for the rest of us.

"I feel very honoured and privileged to be able to spend time with them."

As part of his visit, Fields will present soldiers and their families with tickets to the fight and other upcoming events at the resort.

"It's a small way of just saying thanks to the troops for everything they do," he said.

"I think a lot of times we tend to take the military for granted, but it shouldn't be that way. The courage these people show every day is something real special."

Fields, who owns a record of 41-2 with 37 KOs, is currently ranked among the top 15 U.S. heavyweights and has cracked the world's Top 30.

The June 20 card, which will also feature special guest appearances by former No. 1-ranked heavyweight contender Gerry Cooney and 2009 Playboy Playmate of the Year Anissa Holmes of Toronto, marks Fields's first fight since relocating to Edmonton from Las Vegas earlier this year.


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