Capri began boxing in Greenville when the manager of the local YMCA saw the youngster working in his family’s restaurant and noticed his lame right leg, a result of polio. Capri started boxing in an effort to build the strength in his leg and wound up with one of the area’s greatest boxing careers. He fought in Madison Square Garden on the same card as heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson. The popular fighter competed in various weight divisions and won the 1950 Southeastern AAU flyweight championship. He competed in 141 fights, compiling a 127-12-2 record.