By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Sep 05, 2017 at 1:08 PM

While growing up on Center and Richards Streets in the Harambee neighborhood, Luis Feliciano started watching boxing on television as a toddler. By the time he was 3 years old, he was in love with the sport, and at age 7 he told his father he was ready to start training.

His father brought him to the United Community Center, 1028 S. 9th St., where Israel "Shorty" Acosta became his trainer. Feliciano, now 24, continues to train with Acosta today.

Although he knew he wanted to be a professional boxer someday, Feliciano says he wanted to have a solid "plan B," so he graduated with a degree from Marquette University in criminology and law studies in 2015.

After graduating from Marquette, he turned his focus completely to his boxing career.

"I had to give it a shot," he says.

Feliciano became a five-time national champion, and Golden Boy Promotions, the largest promotional company in the world started by 10-time world champion Oscar De La Hoya, signed him in February. Feliciano moved to Los Angles and later won his first three fights as a professional boxer, including his most recent match in Puerto Rico.

"My goal, my dream, is to become a world champion," says Feliciano. "I’ve been dreaming of this since I was a little kid."

Recently, Feliciano was in Milwaukee for his sister’s wedding and agreed to be the subject of Jeremy Baccash’s latest video. Through his videos, Baccash – who is the creative director for a start-up called Social Candy – shares underexposed Milwaukee people, groups and happenings.

"My goal is to dive deep into subjects that people wouldn't normally know about in the city," Baccash told OnMilwaukee earlier this month.

Check out Baccash's video about Luis Feliciano:

Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.

As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.

She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that. 

Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.

Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.

In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!

When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.