The current darling of British boxing is an 11th-hour addition to the undercard of Saturday’s World Boxing Council light heavyweight title bout between Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City.
Six-foot-nine heavyweight Tyson Fury (12-0, 9 KOs) will square off in an eight-rounder against Zack Page of Ohio.
The 37-year-old Page, who stands an even six feet, has lost his last three fights and five of his last six. His career mark is 27-32-2, with 7 KOs.
Fury, 22, recently called out Canadian heavyweight champ Neven Pajkic (15-0), whom he called “an embrassament to Canadian boxing.”
Both Fury and Pajkic are among the top contenders for the British Commonwealth title, but have been unable to agree to terms.
A Fury-Pajkic showdown would also impact Edmonton southpaw Tye Fields (44-2, 40 KOs), currently ranked No. 1 by both the Canadian Boxing Federation’s national championship committee (NCC) and the Canadian Professional Boxing Council.
Fields, who has said he’ll fight either man “any time, anywhere,” has so far been unsuccessful in his challenges.
“This fight is a great opportunity for me to show people why I’m the most talked about heavyweight prospect in the world,” Fury said after being added to the card Friday.
“I’m excited to be a part of what is probably one of the biggest matches in Canadian boxing history.
“And to be escorted to the ring by George Chuvalo, a man who was involved in the biggest heavyweight fight in Canadian history when he faced Muhammad Ali, is truly inspiring.”
Meanwhile, more than Pascal’s title will be on the line in the main event.
For only the second time in 1,080 WBC world championship bouts, the sanctioning body will present the winner with its Diamond Belt, valued at $60,000 US.
The only other fighter to be awarded the WBC Diamond Belt is current junior middleweight champ Manny Pacquiao.
The card will be broadcast live on pay-per-view on Bell TV, Shaw TV and Viewer’s Choice, starting at 5 p.m. MT.