RIP Omar Henry
by Alex Pierpaoli
originally published 2/1/13 on KOFantasyBoxing.com
So much in boxing depends on timing. From early on it seemed despite tremendous skills and amazing potential undefeated junior middleweight prospect Omar Henry was suffering from dirty tricks of timing. Promotional hand-offs and renegotiations with the very biggest promoters in the sport seemed to delay the promising career of the Chicago-native but when he did appear in the squared circle his record was unblemished, scoring 12 victories in 13 fights, 9 by way of the knockout(12-0-1(9)). The heavy-handed youngster was to make his debut on ShoBox in November 2012, when he was hospitalized just days before the bout due to pain in his abdomen that was suspected to require the removal of his gall bladder. Unfortunately, during the surgery doctors discovered Henry had Stage 4 cancer and after struggling against it for several months, last night Omar Henry succumbed to the disease in hospital in Chicago.
Omar Henry stayed in contact with his fans throughout his illness with updates to his Twitter and Facebook accounts from his hospital bed. Just days ago he tweeted that he hoped he would live to see his 26th birthday on February 8th. Tragically, he did not.
Our sister site, FistThingsFirst spoke to Omar Henry back in June of twenty-eleven just days before he stopped Chris Tyler in just one round on a Don King Productions undercard in Saint Charles, Missouri. The interview is hopeful and forward-looking as is typical when talking with an up and coming prospect. Henry describes his experiences in the camps of several of the sport’s very best fighters and perhaps what is most apparent is the confidence and joy he brought to the sport to which he dedicated his life.
I first learned about Omar Henry when a friend of mine met him in Las Vegas and told me about this talented young fighter with overwhelming confidence and the tenacity one hopes to see in a young boxer. It is with a heavy heart that we at KOFantasyBoxing extend our condolences to friends and family of Omar Henry. He will be missed.
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