Fields anxious to reload

MURRAY GREIG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:06 AM ET

EDMONTON - When you’re a 6-foot-8 heavyweight with a record of 47-4 and the next opponent on your radar is a 6-foot-1 cruiserweight with a pedestrian 11-15-1 mark, focusing on training might be a problem.

That’s the challenge for Edmonton’s Tye Fields as he prepares for an eight-rounder against Quebec City’s Dave Whittom on June 24 at the Shaw Conference Centre.

But considering that two of Fields’ four losses have come in his last four fights, trainer Ken Lakusta says his fighter is working harder than ever.

“You can throw the numbers out the window,” Lakusta said yesterday.

“Losing two of his last four doesn’t sit well with Tye; he knows how close he is to getting right back in the mix in terms of a world ranking, so there was never any question about him being motivated for this one.

“Tye takes his job very seriously ... and very personally. He knows he’s got something to prove, not just to his fans here, but to himself. And the best way to do that is to get right back in the ring.”

Fields, ranked No. 2 in Canada, was on the brink of a breakout fight with a world Top 10 contender until he ran face-first into Michael Grant’s right hand on March 11 in Las Vegas and was counted out at 1:06 of Round 3.

On May 7, Fields took part in the Prizefighter International heavyweight tournament of three-rounders in London. He won a split decision over British champ Michael Sprott and scored a first-round KO over Germany’s Konstantin Airich to get to the final, where he was KO’d by Cuba’s Mike Perez.

“Tye knows what he has to do on June 24: win and win big,” said Lakusta. “He needs to show people that he knows how to bounce back.”

murray.greig@sunmedia.ca


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