6’8, 270lb heavyweight Tye “Big Sky” Fields (41-2, 37 KOs) faces Nicolai Firtha (16-5-1, 7 KOs) on June 20, 2009 at River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The bout will be a twelve rounder for the vacant WBA Native American heavyweight championship. This is the first boxing card at the River Cree Resort and Casino presented by Big Sky Promotion, an Edmonton-based boxing promotional company. “I’m excited about this fight for a lot of reasons,” said the 34-year-old Fields, who was born in Missoula, Montana, and had been living in Las Vegas, Nev., the past seven years. “This is my first fight since my family and I moved to Edmonton,” continued Fields. “This is my first fight under my own promotional company and this is my first fight towards my goal of a world championship bout.”
“Tye and Big Sky Promotions are blazing new trails on several levels,” added Jennifer Bell-Fields, Tye’s wife and president of Big Sky Promotions.
“First, this is our inaugural promotion which will show everyone how we are going to present professional boxing at the highest level ever in a great fight city like Edmonton. Second, we are promoting Tye ourselves now which is a dynamic move for us and in our new home town. Plus we are excited to presenting our fight card at River Cree Resort and Casino, the finest casino in Edmonton and a fantastic location to showcase how we are going to bring boxing to new heights in the City of Champions.”
Fields, who is part Native American, is a devastating slugger with a record of 41-2 and 37 knockouts. He is the former IBF United States Boxing Federation heavyweight champion.
Fields, a southpaw, has a tough test in Firtha, from Akron, Ohio. Firtha is a slick boxer and one who will not surrender much in the way of size to Fields as he comes in at six-foot five. The 30-year-old Firtha has a record of 16-5-1 with seven knockouts.
Local fight fans will also get to see three of their favorites in action including WBA Fedecaribe light middleweight champion Kris Andrews in an eight-round bout plus a long-anticipated six-round rematch between middleweight brawlers Anthony Lessard and Trevor Moyah.
The Rumble at River Cree lineup will include heavyweight Cisse Salif of Las Vegas in an eight-round bout, undefeated super lightweight Stan Martyniouk of Antelope, California, in an eight-round fight; and unbeaten welterweight Gabriel Del Rio of Fairfield, California, in a four-round clash. Salif (23-14-2) is a 260-pounder with 21 knockouts to his credit and he has matched up against world-ranked contenders including Ray Austin and David Tua.
The card on June 20 will be held in The Venue at River Cree. Doors are at 6:30 p.m. MT with the first fight starting at 7 p.m.
Tickets, priced at $49, $69, $89, $125, $250 and $500, are available at ticketmaster.ca, Ticketmaster charge by phone at 780-451-8000 and at Ticketmaster outlets. VIP tickets, which include dinner, are available at 780-930-2619.