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Mike Tyson to fight Roy Jones Jr. Sept. 12

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Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson announced his comeback Thursday with a exhibition match against Roy Jones Jr.

The Sept. 12 match between Tyson and Jones will be an eight-round fight broadcast on pay-per-view.

Tyson has a 50-6 record and is confident about the fight as he explained on ESPN’s First Take.

“It is because I can do it. And I believe other people believe they can do it too,” Tyson said. “Just because we are 54. It doesn’t mean that we have to start a new career and our lives are totally over. Not when you feel as beautiful as I do, and I’m sure that other people feel the same way.”

“I never took that many punches. After the last fight I had, I left, and I lived my life, and I’ve been through some experiences, and now I’m back here. I feel like I took better care of my body and my state of mind than most of the fighters before me that retired and came back.”

Jones, 51, expressed interest in fighting Tyson before he agreed to the exhibition match and explained his reasons for coming out of retirement.

“I’ve been trying to enjoy retirement, but people don’t seem to want to let me retire,” Jones told ESPN. “They keep calling me, telling me that Mike wants to come back, and that you’d be a great opponent for Mike.

“We always wanted to see it, but I would’ve preferred it back then. Tyson is a hell of a specimen still. Still a problem to deal with. But at the same time, life is life, you only live once. You want to know what it’s like, you go in there and see. You still gotta see it.”

Tyson last fought in 2005 when he was defeated by  Kevin McBride in six rounds.

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St. Aloysius Flashes clinch a playoff spot

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St. Aloysius Flashes football team (photo by YAS photo LLC)

The St. Aloysius Flashes football team has clinched a playoff spot and will advance their season this week.

St. Al’s regular season came to an end last week in a 18-0 forfeit loss due to weather against Cathedral High School.

The Flashes finished the 2020 regular season with a 4-6 record under first-year head coach Stacy Sizemore. St. Al struggled in the first half of the season but began to turn things around last month when they defeated Silliman Institute 38-0.

The team will travel to Greenwood, Mississippi, Friday to play Pillow Academy, which has a 7-3 record.

Pillow Academy and St. Aloysius haven’t played each other in over a decade, and both teams will be fighting to keep their season going. The game begins at 7 p.m. Friday

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Regan scored four touchdowns in VHS victory over Canton

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Vicksburg High School football player Shakori Regan had one of his best games in his varsity career Thursday against Canton.

Regan finished the game with four rushing touchdowns to help the Gators win 36-20. He also had 106 rushing yards on the night helping the team (2-6) further their playoff hopes.

Regan switched from quarterback to running back this season and is now the team’s lead rusher. He had scoring runs in both the first and second half of the game to help the Gators maintain a steady lead over Canton.

Regan and the Gators will have a forfeit victory Friday over Callaway who opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns.

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VDN All-County Jr. High football team

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Brayson Morson, Decorey Knight Jr., Maddox Lynch and Ashton Gray

The All County Jr. High football players were selected by their coaches for their hard work and dedication this season. Ninth grade players for Porter’s Chapel and St. Aloysius are on this list due to playing with the Jr. High team.

Warren Central and Vicksburg ninth graders will have their own all-county list that will be released later this week.

Porter’s Chapel

1. Brayson Morson – Fr. – RB/LB. Eagles lead rusher with 8 touchdowns and 1 punt return touchdown.

2. John Wyatt Massey – Fr. – QB/LB. Led the Eagles in passing with 8 touchdowns.

3. Taylor Osborne – Fr. – WR/DB. Eagles top receiver with 3 receiving touchdowns and 1 rushing touchdown.

4. Jace Jung – 8th – RB/DB. Shutdown defensive back with 5 interceptions and 2 defensive touchdowns.

5. Matt Malone – Fr. – OL/DL. Eagles’ lead blocker.

St. Aloysius

1. Logan Moore- Fr.-WR/Lb. Aggressive player on both offense and defense.

2. Carson Smith-8th- Qb/Safety. Led the Flashes in passing.

3. Thompson Fortenberry-8th- Rb/LB. Led the Flashes in rushing and was one of the team’s lead tacklers on defense.

4. Cole Autry- 9th- DL/OL. Best pass blocker for the Flashes.

5. Ashton Gray-8th-OL/DL. Best defensive lineman for the Flashes.

Warren Central

1.Tekarius Qualls-OL/DL.  Best lineman led the team in sacks, forced fumbles and tackles for a lost.

2. Eric Collins- RB/KR/OLB.  Led the team in rushing yards and rushing TD’s.

3. Maddox Lynch-QB/SS.  Led team in passing yards and interceptions.  Returned an interception 45 yds for a touchdown against Brandon.

4.Leroy Barnes- LB/FB.  Led team in tackles. Led the team in receptions out of the backfield.

5. Ronnie Blossum– DE/TE. Best blocker on the team. Was second on the team in touchdown receptions.

6. Ceitrich Russell- WR. Best receiver on the team. Lead the Vikings in receiving touchdowns.

Vicksburg High School

1. Decorey Knight Jr- Best all purpose player, led the team in rushing, receiving & kick returns.

2. Larry Reynolds – Excellent multi position defensive player, led the team in tackles & sacks.

3. Dennis Battle- Great leadership, offensive & defensive linemen captain.

4. Mincer Minor- huge offensive threat, second leading rusher.

5. Michael Johnson- great 7th grade quarterback with excellent fundamentals.

6. Cedric Blackmore- big threat at running back & linebacker.

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