Welterweight boxer Omar Henry has died of gall bladder cancer, just one week short of his 26th birthday. Henry has a 12-0-1 welterweight record and hoped to one day become the undisputed champion of his class.
Omar had a fight scheduled for Showtime Nov. 16 but visited the doctor a few days before the match because he was not feeling well. The 25-year-old athlete was diagnosed with Stage 4 gall bladder cancer, and would only live for a matter of weeks.
Yahoo Sports reports Henry posted on Facebook in January that he hoped to make it to see 26. "I got exactly less than 1 month left until my 26th birthday February 8." Henry wrote. "Hopefully I live to see it." He shared that he was receiving support and prayers from all over the world and vowed to continue to fight "till I knock this sickness out."
Henry was a four-time Texas Golden Gloves champion and boasted an amateur boxing record of 60-5. In an interview given after his diagnosis, he philosophized about the timing of this tragic turn of events. "I was about to headline Showtime at 25-years-old, in the prime of my career," said Henry. "Now, I could literally be dead tomorrow, and this is the scariest thing I can think of. God has a purpose, and we can't question God."
Throughout his illness, Henry kept his Facebook page updated from the hospital and posted photos that showed a marked physical deterioration. The page now serves as a memorial to a young man who had the attitude and the drive of the undisputed champion he was on his way to becoming.
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