Interview with Omar Henry
Your next fight is on the 19th December against Dave Saunders, how are you feeling going into your first 6 rounder against your toughest opponent to date?
Henry: I feel great and I canít wait to fight him. Iím in the best shape of my life. I know he will be my biggest test but Iíll be ready for anything he brings!
For those who don't know much about you, how would you describe your style of boxing, are there any specific boxer you base your style on?
Henry: Iím a boxer/puncher. I can do it all. I know a lot of people just see me as an aggressive fighter but I can box as well and I try to take little stuff from all great fighters and put it in my game.
What do you hope to achieve in the next few years?
Henry: I hope to become an undisputed world champion.
How did you first get involved in the sport?
Henry: Well as a kid I always watched Mike Tyson fights and I was fascinated with the sport until eventually one day I said I want to do this.
Are you a full time boxer, or do you also hold a full time job?
Henry: No I am a full time boxer, but also I am a full time college student as well.
In regard to your preparation for fights, who is your trainer tell us a bit about him, and who are some of your regular sparring partners, have things changed much as you are now fighting 6 rounds instead of 4?
Henry: My trainer is Ronnie Shields. He has trains many great fighters like Tyson, Holyfield, David Tua, Meldrick Taylor and Pernell Whitaker amongst others. The only thing different that we are doing is going more rounds in sparring. I have been sparring with Golden Boy prospect Jermell Charlo who just won his fight in Chicago by knockout on the Juan Diaz undercard and Lanard Lane who is fighting on Showtime a day before me.
What is your first boxing memory and how old were you when you first climbed into the ring, did you have much of an amateur career?
Henry: My 1st boxing memory is seeing Mike Tyson knock someone out. I first climbed in the ring at 14 years old and yes I had 65 fights. I was a member of USA Boxingís Elite Amateur Boxing Program at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan and competed in international competitions. I was a quarter finalist at the 2007 National Golden Gloves, 4-time Texas Golden Gloves champion, and 2-time Texas US Championships champion and was voted Outstanding Boxer in 2007.
If you could change one thing about boxing in order to make an improvement what would it be?
Henry: It would be a little more oversight on the judging. Everyone sees things a little differently, but when there is a huge discrepancy in the scoring, or how most people saw the fight, the judge should have to sit down with someone and explain what he saw.
If you could fight one round with any boxer in history, who would it be and why?
Henry: Iíd like to fight Miguel Cotto just to see how our styles would match together because people say we fight alike.
What's the best advice you could give to an up and coming boxer?
Henry: Always listen to your trainer and always keep your hands up!
Have you got any messages for all your friends and fans out there?
Henry: Yes thank you to everybody that has been supporting me since day one and check me out this Saturday I will be on the Kelly Pavlik undercard and I will be explosive!