- Associated Press - Thursday, January 19, 2017

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - A group of former heavyweight boxing champions are considering Vicksburg as a possible location for a training camp for young fighters.

The Vicksburg Post reports (https://bit.ly/2jrOxsm) that Riddick Bowe, Ray Mercer, Evander Holyfield and James Toney were in Vicksburg on Friday and Saturday for a round of appearances at Ameristar Casino and to serve as grand marshals for the city’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade.

Bowe, Mercer, and former sparring partner Jonathan Felton say they are hoping to hold a training camp in Vicksburg later this year. No firm dates have been set, but Felton says tryouts for the camp will be held in the spring.

While there isn’t an entrenched boxing culture in Vicksburg, Felton says he believes “the talent is there.”


Information from: The Vicksburg Post, https://www.vicksburgpost.com

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