Omar Henry Talks Miguel Cotto, Mike Tyson, the 154-pound division, and his plans on being the Best P4P fighter today By Benny Henderson Jr. (Feb 15, 2010) Doghouse Boxing
Undefeated 154-pound prospect Omar Henry 7-0 (6) not only has heavy hands, but the twenty-three year old has big plans which include future world titles and spot as the P4P best.
The Chicago born boxer, who now resides in Houston, Texas, banged out a respectful amateur career which earned him numerous awards compiling up sixty wins.
Henry made his debut the summer of 2008 by destroying San Antonio’s Terence Anderson in seventy-five seconds of the opening round. In just a short period, Henry has racked up seven consecutive victories end all but one via first round stoppage. And the hard hitter aims high for his future in the bang for your buck sport.
In this exclusive interview Omar Henry speaks on his career, his influences in the sport as well as his plans for the future, enjoy.
Benny Henderson Jr.: First off I would like to thank you for stepping into the Doghouse and speaking on your career, you last seen action December if 2009, had a fight scheduled just a week or so ago, but for some reason it did not go through, so when will the fans see you back in action?
Omar Henry: Yes, but the guy pulled out in the l last minute, he said his stomach started hurting or something like that. But I am supposed to fight again next month the day before the Pacquiao vs. Clottey fight in Dallas, TX.
BH: You had a solid amateur career, very decorated with your accomplishments, and you made your professional debut the summer of 2008, what was the transition like from the amateurs to the pros, some have problems adapting, some don’t , what was your case?
OH: The main thing was fighting without the head gear, when you are an amateur fighting with the head gear some people may not take it as serious as they should, but as a pro you have to take it very seriously. Plus I have started training harder as a professional.
BH: Here you are with an unbeaten record, all wins via knock out except for one decision victory which you won unanimously, other than that all of your bouts have ended in the first round. People really cannot get an honest view of your talents, other than you have power. But other than power, which gets tested a lot more as the level of opposition grows, what are your talents, what are your best accolades besides power punching that the fans haven’t gotten to see at this point and time in your career?
OH: I understand, of course people sees my power now, but like I tell everybody, later in my career as my fights get longer and my competition steps up you guys are going to see more than just power. I can do everything in the ring, I can jab, I can box you, head movement, but I guess all I can say is watch my fights. But I will say that I am a complete fighter, I am not one dimensional, I just don’t look for the knock outs, I can do everything in the ring and I am going to be on top for a long time. I am going to show you guys better than I can tell ya’ll, trust me.
BH: You have also been compared to Miguel Cotto, your thoughts on that comparison?
OH: It is an honor, he is a former Olympian, a former two time world champion, and both of his losses were to great guys, and the loss to Margarito was questionable. So being compared to Cotto, it shows what is going to happen in the future, if I am already being compared to such a great fighter as Cotto with just a few fights, imagine the rest of the fights in my career. But also I don’t want to always be compared to Miguel Cotto, or an imitation Cotto, I want to be my own self, I want to be an icon of my own self, I am Omar Henry. Actually I feel like I can d more things that Cotto, I thinks my hands are faster, along with my footwork, I mean don’t get me wrong, I love being compared to Cotto, but eventually the fight world will see me for me, Omar Henry. But it is a blessing being compared to him.
BH: What inspired you to want to lace up the gloves?
OH: I have been a boxing fan all my life, I grew up watching Tyson fights, eventually I seen some Roy Jones Jr. fights and I got inspired to box.
BH: Your hobbies outside of the sport of boxing?
OH: I am a full time college student, I am an active member of my church, and I have to keep God first. I am just a regular guy, nothing too big.
BH: What separates you from the other prospects in the 154-pound division?
OH: I feel multidimensional, I am not just a slugger or a boxer, I have a lot of stuff and I feel that is what separates me. I feel like I am the best prospect at 154-pounds. As my fights go on you guys will see me go to the top, I want to be number one. I will be the champion!
BH: The one thing you want the fight world to know about Omar Henry?
OH: (Laughs) Well, um, that’s a good question, well some people don’t know that I go to church, I am an active member of the church.
BH: Is there anything you would like to add or say in closing of this interview?
OH: I just want to say that I appreciate Doghouse Boxing for interviewing me; I appreciate all of my fans support across the world, from England to Australia to everywhere. Especially John Chapman, he made my Face Book fan page, also William from Australia, he did another fan page of me, I just thank everybody for all of their support, and keep supporting me because I will be one of the best pound for pound fighters in the game.