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Omar Henry | Promising Boxer Succumbs to Gallbladder Cancer

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Omar Henry (12-0-1, 9KO) died this morning, just days before his 26th birthday. The jr middleweight had been hospitalized for three months after being diagnosed for gallbladder cancer.

Sporting an amateur record of 60-5, Henry, a Chicago native, turned pro in 2008.

The following year he signed with Bob Arum's Top Rank Promotions who promoted Henry for two years before the latter eventually became a Don King fighter in May 2011.

A red hot prospect, many touted Omar Henry as the next Miguel Cotto and his style and skills enabled him to serve as a top sparring partner for Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather and Antonio Margarito.

"He moves like Cotto. He looks like Cotto. He's got the same hair as Cotto. He wants to be like Cotto," said Alex Ariza, Manny Pacquiao's strength and conditioning coach.

In his final bout, Henry won a 10 round unanimous decision over Tyrone Selders (then 8-2) on July 23, 2012.

After being diagnosed, Henry had wished to live long enough to see his 26th birthday but unfortunately he died a week too soon.

Omar Henry Accomplishments
  • Pro Record: 12-0-1, 9 knockouts
  • Amateur record:60-5
  • Silver Medalist in the China vs. USOEC – October 23, 2007 | NMU China vs. USOEC Competition
  • Member of the USA Boxing Elite Boxing Program In Marquette Michigan
  • Quarter finalist at the 2007 National Golden Gloves
  • 4-time Texas Golden Gloves champion
  • 2-time Texas Us Championships champion (Voted Outstanding Boxer 2007)

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