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Boxer Henry, Orange native, shot to death

By Earney White

Examiner.com

HOUSTON — Former light heavyweight contender Chris “Hard Hittin” Henry was shot and killed on Saturday evening in Houston.

He was only 34 years old.

The Orange native turned professional in 2005 after a brief amateur career. He experienced success in the both the Junior Olympics and National Golden Gloves.

In a career spanning seven years, Henry was able to collect multiple minor titles during his quest to become a world champion in the light heavyweight division. He fell just short of achieving his goal of winning the WBA title when he lost a razor-thin decision to Adrian Diaconu in 2008.

The high point of Henry’s career came when he defeated the division stalwart, Hugo Garay, in only one round back in 2010 in Mexico. After that win, Henry was poised to get back into the title picture. Unfortunately, inactivity and personal demons continued to impede Henry’s progress in climbing back up the ranks.

Henry supposedly had a comeback fight scheduled this year against Oleksandr Gvozdyk, but the fight never materialized.

Chris Henry’s unexpected death comes as a shock to all of those who knew him and referred to him as “Champ”. The Golden Triangle-Houston area boxing community definitely lost one of its toughest warriors.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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