Omar Henry Fights For His Life, Battling Stage-4 Cancer

By Jake Donovan

It wasn’t very long ago when Omar Henry craved the spotlight. His only wish nowadays is to live long enough to see his 26th birthday.

The unbeaten prospect is literally fighting for his life these days. Henry was hospitalized for gall stones in mid-November, the week of his scheduled Shobox debut against Juan Ubaldo Cabrera.

More than two months later, Henry remains hospitalized with what has grown into Stage Four gall bladder cancer. A super welterweight who regularly walks around at 175 lb. or so, Henry has shrunk down to a fragile 130 lb. as he awaits his next round of chemotherapy.

Friends surrounding the unbeaten fighter admit that “it’s not looking good for him right now, but he’s still fighting. One day at a time” as he eyes February 8, when he turns just 26 years old. Henry hopes to make it to that point, but it’s far from the only goal has he set for 2013.

“I’m coming back by the end of the year,” insists Henry (12-0-1, 9KO), whose last fight was a ten-round shutout over Tyrone Selders last June. The Chicago-born fighter – who now calls Houston home – didn’t quite take to his first attempt at chemotherapy, but is scheduled for a second treatment on Monday.

The desire to comeback appears to be a long shot, though in his mind is simply a part of his eventual journey. As long as he has moral and spiritual support, he remains confident that he can handle the rest.

“Keep praying for me. I promise, you will see me again in the ring.”

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor, Records Keeper for Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and a voting member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox. 

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by whitealltrac on 02-01-2013

Fresh from Omars FB page...... [COLOR="Navy"]To my friends and loyal fans. I thank you all for the good wishes and prayers. As of right now my situation has got difficult for myself and my family. I am in need of…

Comment by ICEMAN JOHN SCULLY on 01-28-2013

[QUOTE=mirizarr;12965265]I remember Bill mentioning that the apricot seeds had cyanide which help fight off his cancer.[/QUOTE] [B]Yes, thats what scares people away from it but its similar to flouride in toothpaste that we brush with eevry day...flouride on its own…

Comment by ElBossHogg™ on 01-28-2013

hope he gets better. probably wont box again but his health is more important.

Comment by mirizarr on 01-28-2013

[QUOTE=ICEMAN JOHN SCULLY;12965211][B]SOURSOP, YES!! And with Apricot it is the SEEDS...u have to grind the seeds up into powder and sprinkle them in your drink or on your food...[/B][/QUOTE] I remember Bill mentioning that the apricot seeds had cyanide which…

Comment by mirizarr on 01-28-2013

[QUOTE=ICEMAN JOHN SCULLY;12963729][B]BILL [/B]Murphy from Lowell's West End Gym, YES, thats him...[/QUOTE] I remember him telling me about that. Its a damn shame the more people haven't looked into this type of treatment.

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