Heavyweight trio talk trash

MURRAY GREIG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:12 AM ET

EDMONTON - As 2010 draws to a close, the most intriguing storyline in Canadian boxing might be the three-way fight for heavyweight respectability shaping up between Neven Pajkic, Tyson Fury and Tye Fields.

Pajkic, the unbeaten (15-0, 5 KOs) Bosnia-born Canadian champion, is ranked No. 25 in the world. Fury (12-0, 9 KOs) holds the English title and is rated No. 28 on the planet. Fields, a transplanted Montana native who’s called Edmonton home for the past couple of years, is 44-2 with 40 KOs. He’s ranked No. 44.

Fury, the No. 1 contender for the British Commonwealth crown, is slated to fight Puerto Rico’s Israel Carlos Garcia (20-3, 11 KOs) on the undercard of Jean Pascal’s Dec. 18 WBC light heavyweight title defence against Bernard Hopkins in Quebec City.

The six-foot-seven Brit hopes to parlay a win over Garcia into a showdown with Pajkic early next year.

The bad blood between Pajkic and Fury stems from Fury’s reaction to the Canadian’s last outing, an uninspired decision over 47-year-old former German champ Andreas Sidon in October.

“When I was ringside watching Pajkic’s abysmal effort against Sidon, I got to see a truly great Canadian champion in George Chuvalo,” Fury said.

“If I was able to turn back time and approach Mr. Chuvalo in his heyday and issue the same challenge I gave Pajkic, he’d never complain about fighting a sixth fight in a year. Chuvalo was a champion that Canadians are rightly proud of. Pajkic is an embarrassment to his title and to Canadian fight fans.”

Adam Harris of Hennessy Sports, the company that promotes Fury, said Pajkic is making a huge career blunder if he doesn’t accept Fury’s challenge.

“Pajkic said he won’t operate on our timeline, so apparently instead of being part of a big televised card, he’s holding out for another Internet farce like that one he just had against Sidon,” Harris said.

“Neven should change his nickname from ‘No Surrender,’ to ‘No Guts,’ ‘No Pride,’ or, judging by his business acumen, ‘No Clue,’ ”

If and when they square off, Pajkic wants it to be for all the marbles.

“I’m so sure that I’ll beat this bitch Fury that I’m willing to bet what I’m taking home. My challenge is winner take all,” he said.

“(Fury’s promoter) is a good marketer, but they do things so stupidly. I do my talking inside the ropes and my message to Hennessy Sports and Tyson Fury is: 2011, Canada, winner take all.”

Which brings us to Fields — a guy neither Pajkic nor Fury seems eager to engage.

The six-foot-eight southpaw is the best banger of the bunch, but prolonged periods of inactivity have hurt his global ranking. Until he takes a more proactive approach to rectifying that situation, the 35-year-old Fields will remain on the outside looking in.

Fields fought for the first time in 13 months when he KO’d Lethbridge novice Ken Frank at the Shaw Conference Centre on Nov. 19. Frank was a last-minute substitute for former Canadian champ Raymond Olubowale, who sustained a cut in training.

After both Fields and Frank questioned the legitimacy of Olubowale’s injury in post-fight TV interviews, the ex-champ vowed vengeance.

“Tye Fields is a bum with a pumped-up record. He’s a freak show, and that’s all,” Olubowale told fightnews.ca

“I hope he stays in shape. I’m going to slap that boy any which way, shape or form when I get my hands on him.”

Blah, blah, blah.

Blasting Olubowale out of the Canadian picture once and for all would be the logical next step for Fields. In the meantime, he and his management would be well advised to turn up the heat on both Pajkic and/or Fury to force one or both of them to step up against him.

Talk is cheap and posturing proves nothing. It’s time for all three of these guys to make a meaningful move.


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