One of the Carolinas biggest supporters of boxing, Harris was the area’s preeminent promoter of boxing in the Charlotte area. After moving to Charlotte in 1944, Harris worked with the late W.T. Harris in the grocery business and was vice president and buyer during the company’s growth years. Harris promoted boxing matches in Charlotte and the surrounding towns for 12 years, holding bouts featuring such boxing greats as Del Flanagan, Jake LaMotta, Cleveland Williams, and Nino Valdes. Perhaps his biggest feat was heavyweight bout between Calabash’s Waban Thomas and Neil Wallace. The event drew a sold-out crowd to the old Charlotte Coliseum.