I got exactly less than 1 month left until my 26th birthday February 8. Hopefully I live to see it. I really have been getting a lot of support with kind words and prayers from all over the world with this battle with cancer. Thank you and I will continue to fight for us!!!!Boxer Omar Henry • In a January 9 post on his Facebook fan page. His birthday is February 8. He died Friday of Stage 4 gall bladder cancer — before he had a chance to reach his dream of becoming the undisputed super welterweight champion. With a 12-0-1 record, he had a genuine shot at reaching it untile he got sick last fall.
I developed physically and mentally to take such a big step in my life and in my profession, which is boxing, knowing that it would have pros and cons, highs and lows in this sport that is so macho. I kept this hidden for many, many years.Puerto Rican featherweight boxer Orlando Cruz • Revealing his homosexuality in an Associated Press interview — making him one of the first openly gay professional athletes still in active competition. The 31-year-old Cruz, who has a WBO Latino title match in two weeks, made the announcement with the full support of his family. Response has been positive so far, by the way — as it should be.
Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he’s Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don’t get the same praise.Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. • Taking a swipe at the “Linsanity” that’s cropped up in the past week, when NBA player Jeremy Lin, one of the few Asian-American players the league has ever head (he’s Taiwanese), had a bout of overnight success. Mayweather, as you might guess, faced criticism for his comments, which he later defended: ”Other countries get to support/cheer their athletes and everything is fine,” he said. “As soon as I support black American athletes, I get criticized.” Seems like someone might’ve missed the point.
I will always remember Joe with respect and admiration. My sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones.Muhammad Ali • Reacting to the death of “Smokin’” Joe Frazier, his greatest foe in boxing. Frazier, a former heavyweight champion, found out he had liver cancer a month ago; over the weekend, he entered a hospice. And now, he’s gone. Sometimes it all happens far too quick.