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SHADES OF GRAIS

Declan Taylor enters the world of Regis Prograis, an adrenaline junkie who was saved by a hurricane yet insists he’s not living life on the edge
FAMILIAR POSITION: Prograis celebrates another victory
Photos: STEPHEN LEW-USA TODAY SPORTS

REGIS PROGRAIS, the WBA superlightweight 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-incheek 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.

“We got like eight feet of water in the house, my grandmother had even more. Everything was destroyed, all our possessions taken just like that.

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