PROSPECT PARK SOUTH - WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo has returned to his home borough of Brooklyn to speak to students about self-esteem, conflict resolution, bullying and friendship.
Elementary school students at P.S. 249 in Prospect Park were paid a visit from the professional boxer, who is inspiring them to fight for their dreams and to never give up.
Collazo says it was important for him to return home and encourage young people to have a dream and fight for it. "Growing up I didn't have [anyone] that was positive around me, so if I could go back and give back to the community for the youth, I'm all in," he says.
The East New York native first started boxing when he was just nine years old. He went on to win the world championship belt when he was 23. He will go on to defend his title next month at the Barclays Center.