Monday, September 6, 2010

Pro Boxer Omar Henry Wants to Test Skills in the Cage

World class heavyweight boxer James Toney walked out of the cage with his tail between his legs following his insanely promoted but expected tapout loss to UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture at UFC 118. But, on his way out he may have left the cage door open for a following of boxers who, like Toney, have acquired the MMA bug.

One of those boxers recently voiced his interest in stepping into the cage. Omar Henry, a young, up-and-coming professional boxer fighting in the light middleweight division appeared on last week's edition of Houston-ESPN Radio 97.5's "In the Cage." Henry, a four-time Texas Golden Gloves Champion, expressed his desire to take on a mixed martial arts fighter, insisting that he is young, in shape, and willing and able to hold his own in the cage. The show's host, Adam Villarreal made informal efforts to help set up a fight during the interview, suggesting that Henry start with a smaller promotion and work his way up to a Frankie Edgar-type fighter. Some prominent names and organizations were thrown around in the conversation: Mark Cuban's HDNet Fights of which Guy Mezger is president, undefeated welterweight boxer Floyd Mayweather, and Houston mixed martial arts promoter Mick Maynard of Legacy Fights were all mentioned as possible points of contact for arranging a potential Henry-MMA fight.

Henry's cage pursuit should not be taken lightly. He is currently undefeated at 10-0 in professional competition with 7 first round knockouts. To say the least, his hand skills are proven. At 23 years old, Omar Henry still has plenty of time to transition into MMA if he chooses, especially if it is his desire to represent boxing in the cage. Still, Henry should know that representing one's sport in the cage requires learning other skills in order to go about it successfully. Just ask James Toney Lyoto Machida.

"In the Cage" interview follows:

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