Hood headlines kickboxing show
By Gene Phelps
Lance Hood loves to fight.
And, thanks to the sport of kickboxing, the 16-year-old high school student from Hatley can channel his passion for being physical with his fists and feet.
Hood, considered by his coach to be one of the state's up-and-coming amateur kickboxers, is one of seven area fighters who will participate on Friday's Live Kickboxing II card at the V.F.W. post in Aberdeen. The fights are scheduled to start at 8 p.m.
"We're expecting big things from Lance," said Jason Reeves, a professional kickboxer from Caledonia who trains Hood. "He stands out. We're getting him ready to fight for the Mid-South title Feb. 22 against Jason Ross."
Hood, who has a 3-0 record with three knockouts, will fight in the middleweight division Friday against Drew Edwards of Memphis. Edwards comes into the bout with a 1-1 record.
"I liked boxing, but kickboxing looked more interesting," said Hood, who plays high school football and basketball. "I've always liked fighting."
Reeves said Hood is a good student.
"He listens," Reeves said. "He does what you want him to do. He trusts his coach."
Hood will be joined on the card by Adam Lockridge of Hamilton, Matt Peden of Aberdeen, Cody Haynes of Smithville, Brian Jenkins of Hatley, Michael Ledbetter of Amory, and Trent Unrah of West Point.
"We're got a lot of local fighters," Reeves said. "We're hoping to take some of them out of state to fight. We want other states to know that we have good fighters here in Mississippi."
Reeves said Tennessee, Missouri and Illinois are states with experienced kickboxing talent.
"I think the sport's growing in Mississippi," he said.
Reeves said the sport is full-contact and not a points tournament.