Local man ranks #4 Super Lightweight in the world

Local man ranks #4 Super Lightweight in the world

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Regis Prograis makes it known he's a New Orleans guy, even though, moving to Houston played a huge part in helping jumpstart his boxing career.

Hurricane Katrina forced Prograis and his family to pack up and move to Texas when he was only a teenager but his love for boxing followed.

""When I moved to Houston, I was in a gym called Savannah Boxing Gym, when I moved there I was 17 years old and I was training next to Evander Holyfield, Juan Diaz, Rocky Juarez and so many other professional fighters" said Prograis.

Support from his family didn't come easy.

"My family they didn't want me to do it at first. They were against it. When I took it up, I was 16 or 17 and once you around that age, you can't stop nobody."

Giving up is not an option for Prograis as his hard work is paying off. The World Boxing Council ranks him the number four Super Lightweight in the world.

He admits traning is extremely hard.

"It's about eight weeks, and I'm training six days a week about three to four times a day and it's almost all day. And when I'm not training, either you're eating or you're resting."

With dreams of climbing to the top, Prograis wishes to someday be an example for other boxers in New Orleans.

"A lot of kids, they don't....they don't.... they don't know that they can do that. I didn't know that either until I was in that environment."

Prograis wishes to someday bring his own program to young aspiring boxers in New Orleans one day. However there is one thing he'd like to accomplish first.

Only a select few fighters like Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard have fought in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Prograis dreams to be in that number.

"By being from New Orleans and I can fight in the Superdome, that would be crazy."

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