Earlier today, unbeaten up-and-coming jr. middleweight prospect Omar Henry lost his battle with cancer, succumbing to the disease at the young age of 25. Henry first noticed a problem last November, when he was forced to pull out of a scheduled main event appearance on ShoBox: The New Generation one week prior to the fight. Originally informed that it was a case of gallstones, Henry was later told that he had cancer after spending weeks in the hospital. Despite receiving the shocking news, Henry remained upbeat and optimistic, determined to go out swinging in the most important fight of his life.
"Life and death has never come so close, especially since I was so close to the top and being close to the top of my career. I was about to headline Showtime at 25 years old, in the prime of my career. Now, I could literally be dead tomorrow, and this is the scariest thing I can think of. God has a purpose for everything, so we can't question God," Henry would tell FightHype's David Kassel in one of his last interviews. Though he never got a chance to enjoy the prime of his career, Henry lived life to the fullest, rubbing elbows with a number of celebrities and becoming a bigger name than most prospects become. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.