Feature | Highlight 3 | Issue | Premium | Oct 21 2019

How Hurricane Katrina, Floyd Mayweather and Evander Holyfield altered the course of adrenaline junkie Regis Prograis’ life

Declan Taylor gets into the fascinating mind of Regis Prograis, the self-confessed adrenaline junkie who was saved by a hurricane yet insists he’s not living life on the edge
Regis Prograis
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REGIS PROGRAIS, the WBA super-lightweight world champion, is wearing a pair of fur-lined slippers with a golden buckle across the front. “Oh, you like these?” He asks, reclining in his seat and momentarily resting his £615 footwear onto the table in front of him. “These the Guccis.”

But it’s a tongue-in-cheek gesture from the 30-year-old who swiftly laughs off his overt display of excess. Prograis, in fact, has good reason to place very little importance on material items.

“I was 16 when Katrina hit,” he remembers. “Nothing but a kid.