Omar Henry (boxer)

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Nickname(s) O.Henry
Rated at Light middleweight
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Nationality American
Born (1987-02-08)February 8, 1987
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died February 1, 2013(2013-02-01) (aged 25)[1]
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 13
Wins 12
Wins by KO 10
Losses 0
Draws 1
No contests 0

Omar Henry (February 8, 1987 – February 1, 2013) was an American professional boxer.


Henry was born on the southside of Chicago, Illinois. He was of Puerto Rican and African American descent. He went to several different high schools including Spring Woods High School and Mayde Creek High School in Houston, Texas, but eventually graduated from the school he started at, John Hersey. Henry was a 2005 alumnus of John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois.[2]

Amateur boxing career[edit]

Amateur record:60-5

Silver Medalist in the China vs. USOEC – October 23, 2007 | NMU China vs. USOEC Competition[3]

Member of the USA Boxing Elite Boxing Program In Marquette Michigan[4]

Quarter finalist at the 2007 National Golden Gloves[5]

4-time Texas Golden Gloves champion[6]

2-time Texas Us Championships champion (Voted Outstanding Boxer 2007)[6]

Professional boxing career[edit]

Henry was signed with the Las Vegas-based promotional company Top Rank Boxing from May 2009 until May 2011.[7] Henry and Top Rank Promotions mutually agreed to part ways. In May 2011, Henry signed a deal with Don King Productions.[8]

Henry won his professional debut on July 18, 2008, at the Reliant Arena in Houston Texas, against Terence Anderson knocking him out in 1:15 of the first round.[9]

Henry has gone to win his next 9 out of 11 bouts by 1st round knockout.[9]

Henry was named the number one prospect in a variety of boxing publications.[10][11][12][13]

His performances, and his apparent "cloning" of the style of Puerto Rican star Miguel Cotto, were enough to earn him an invitation to become the chief sparring partner for the #1 pound for pound boxer Manny Pacquiao.[14] According to Pacquiao's conditioning coach Alex Ariza, Omar is very much like Cotto. “He moves like Cotto. He looks like Cotto. He’s got the same hair as Cotto. He wants to be like Cotto,”.[15]

As of March 2012, Omar was hired on to be a sparring partner for Floyd Mayweather Jr. Henry was seen live on UStream partaking in a sparring session with the undefeated Mayweather, who is preparing for his upcoming fight against Miguel Cotto.

The Chicago-born puncher accepts the Cotto comparisons, “Yes, when I first turned pro all I did was watch Cotto fights. I had his whole collection on dvd and I really admired him!” [16]

Henry, although grateful for the opportunity and the recognition, respectfully declined the invitation. Omar's college education has taken precedence over being a sparring partner.[17]

Henry helped Mixed Martial Artist Nick Diaz train for his title defense against a renowned MMA Stiker, Paul Daley. Diaz won the fight by TKO, beating the British fighter at his own game, a tactic most did not expect. Diaz credited Henry in his victory speech and post-fight interviews.[18]

MMA career[edit]

On May 10, 2011 Henry announced he would be making the switch to MMA.[19] He later reneged on his statement and signed a lucrative contract with Don King Productions.

Cancer and death[edit]

In the fall of 2012, Henry was diagnosed with gall bladder cancer. He died February 1, 2013, age 25, after spending 3 months at University of Chicago Medical Center.

Professional boxing record[edit]

13 Wins (9 knockouts, 3 decisions), 0 Losses, 1 Draw[20]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location
Win 13-0-1 United States Tyrone Selders UD 10 2012-06-23 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida
Draw 12-0-1 Cuba Lester González TD 2 (8), 0:52 2011-12-03 United States Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Win 12–0 United States Chris Tyler TKO 1 (4), 2:55 2011-06-25 United States The Family Arena, St. Charles, Missouri
Win 11–0 United States Hilario Lopez UD 4 2010-06-26 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Win 10–0 United States Orphius Waite TKO 2 (6), 0:37 2010-04-03 United States American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas
Win 9–0 Mexico Francisco Javier Reza TKO 1 (6), 0:33 2010-03-12 United States Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas
Win 8–0 United States Jessie Davis TKO 1 (6), 2:13 2009-12-19 United States Beeghly Physical Education Center
Win 7–0 Mexico Jose Alfredo Lugo UD 6 2009-01-24 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Win 6–0 United States Carlos Aballe UD 4 2009-10-17 United States Whataburger Field, Corpus Christi, Texas
Win 5–0 United States Angel Sigala TKO 1 (4), 0:34 2009-08-29 United States QuikTrip Park, Grand Prairie, Texas
Win 4–0 Mexico Alfonso Gonzalez TKO 1 (4) 2009-06-20 Mexico Gimnasio Oscar 'Tigre' García, Ensenada, Baja California
Win 3–0 United States Francisco Martinez KO 1 (4), 0:57 2009-02-07 United States Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Win 2–0 United States Justin Davis TKO 1 (4), 1:00 2009-01-15 United States Crowne Plaza Hotel, Houston, Texas
Win 1–0 United States Terence Anderson TKO 1 (4), 1:15 2008-07-18 United States Reliant Arena, Houston, Texas


  1. ^ Iole, Kevin (2011-04-20). "Boxing - Boxer Omar Henry dies at 25 - Yahoo! Eurosport UK". Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  2. ^ Kim, Steve (23 October 2009). "Spar Pacquiao? No, Henry". Retrieved 25 October 2009. "He grew up in Chicago, Illinois, where he attended John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights. He migrated to Houston in 2003 to embark on his boxing career." 
  3. ^ Faiella, David (23 October 2007). "China vs. USOEC Competition Results". "165 lbs.: Zhang Jianting (China) dec. Omar Henry (USOEC), 21-20."  China vs. USOEC Competition Results Northern Michigan university,
  4. ^ Hissner, Ken (24 October 2009). "Northern Michigan University Has Produced Many Boxing Champions!". "Omar Henry 5-0."  Northern Michigan University Has Produced Many Boxing Champions!.
  5. ^ "USGoldenGloves2007". Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  6. ^ a b "Future Legends". 
  7. ^ "Omar Henry: 154Pound Prospect Doing Damage". August 30, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Future Champion Omar Henry Signs With DKP". June 3, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Omar Henry - Boxer". Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  10. ^ 3:02. "Backing out is (sometimes) hard to do - ESPN". Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  11. ^ "2009 closes with Pacquiao on top of the world - MANNY PACQUIAO vs. ANTONIO MARGARITO vs. MANNY PACQUIAO vs. FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. VS. MANNY PACQUIAO vs. JOSHUA CLOTTEY THE EVENT HBO VIDEO. SUPREMACY: MANNY PACQUIAO vs. FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. HBO 24/7 COTTO VS. PACQUIAO!!! FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. vs. MANNY PACQUIAO! Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather jr vs. Shane Mosley". 2009-12-27. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  12. ^ "The Daily Sports Herald: Boxing's Top Ten "Must See" Prospects For 2010". 2009-12-31. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  13. ^ "End of Year Awards". Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  14. ^ "Team Pacquiao awaits Cotto ‘clone’ -, Philippine News for Filipinos". 2009-04-27. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  15. ^ "Fans mob Arum, Pacquiao sparmates in Baguio". Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  16. ^ "Omar Henry speaks to UNDISPUTED Fight Magazine". 201-06-09. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  17. ^ "Why Omar Henry Refused Manny Pacquiao’s Offer - Interview". 2009-10-19. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  18. ^ "Diaz Credits Team for Daley Victory". 2011-04-10. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  19. ^ Seckbach, Elie (2011-05-09). "Boxer Omar Henry: Leaving Boxing For MMA". Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  20. ^ "Omar Henry Professional boxing record". 

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