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Photos: Regis Prograis Hits New Orleans, Homecoming Presser

Regis Prograis returned home Wednesday for a homecoming press conference at The Original French Market Restaurant & Bar to promote his WBC super lightweight diamond belt title defense against fellow unbeaten Juan Jose Velasco, July 14 at the Lakefront Arena on the campus of the University of New Orleans. (Photo credit Geo Velasquez)

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Prograis (21-0, 18 KOs) was born in New Orleans, moving to Houston after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. Now, he's back for the first time as a professional and ready to put on a show for his home fans against Velasco (20-0, 12 KOs), a Buenos Aires, Argentina, native who has won four of his last five bouts via knockout.

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It was a star-studded afternoon featuring New Orleans dignitaries, including the city's mayor, LaToya Cantrell.

This is what Prograis and his promoter, Lou Dibella, had to say.

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Prograis

"Boxing is not as big in New Orleans because the kids don’t see it. I want to be the person that they see, that they know they have a champion in New Orleans. Boxing is big right now in New York and Las Vegas, but I’m telling you that I’m going to change it. It’s going to boost the economy and everybody in the world will come back to New Orleans. Ali fought here, Duran fought here, Sugar Ray Leonard fought here and I’m going to bring it back. I’d like to thank everybody for coming. One of the main things you can do if you want to bring big time boxing back to New Orleans is come to the fight on July 14. That’s all you have to do, come to the fight.”

"Every time I think of New Orleans, I think of its culture and the people. There is a such a strong culture in New Orleans and our fans are so loyal. The Saints can lose every game,  and we’re still going to be in the Superdome every weekend. I just want to inspire the kids."

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DiBella

"Since I signed Regis, he’s wanted to fight here. This was the right moment. Regis wants to be a great champion. Regis wants to be a unified champion. Regis wants to be a Hall of Fame fighter. He wants all those things. He also wants to be a leader in New Orleans, he really does. He wants to influence kids in New Orleans. He wants to be influential."

"I have so much respect for Regis, not only as an athlete but as a person. He’s all about this city.”

"We're very grateful to have this tremendous support from the city of New Orleans for this event and honored to have Mayor LaToya Cantrell join us today."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ray* on 06-02-2018

This is what you call promotion lol.

Comment by crisantonio917 on 06-02-2018

Kid is arrogant as they come and hasn't beaten anyone, let's see him in with real competition.

Comment by Gwill11 on 06-01-2018

Yo this kid Nice.... been watching boxing a long time and the kid is something special.... Trust!!!!

Comment by IrishDiscussion on 06-01-2018

DiBella looks like ****, mother****er looks like he has been being fed gerber, Prograis needs to free himself from this bull****, go on and work semi-solo-, **** it. Premier Boxing Champions is your future, roll with it. Doesn't matter, you're…

Comment by Corelone on 06-01-2018

Prograis has a good gun platform. He has tree stumps for legs. His power and mobility are going to be hard to deal with. I can't see anybody coming at him Mexican style. Don't let Josh commit side ways, keep…

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