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18 NOVEMBER 2018


Genaro Hernandez Loses Cancer Battle

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Hernandez Genaro THogan

Former two-time world super-featherweight champion Genaro Hernandez lost his long battle with a rare form of cancer today.

Hernandez was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma in 2008. A year later the disease was thought to be in remission but it returned and this afternoon took his life.

Genaro, who turned 45 last month, had recently stopped undergoing chemotherapy as he felt that the disease had spread too much to be prevented.

He is survived by his wife Liliana and children Amanda and Steven. SecondsOut wishes to express it’s condolences to them.

East LA’s Hernandez boxed professionally between 1984 and 1998 and posted an excellent record of 38 wins against two defeats and one draw.

In 1991 he travelled to France to win the vacant WBA super-featherweight title, stopping Daniel Londas at 1.07 of the ninth round. He went onto defend the crown seven times before suffering his first defeat in a WBO lightweight tilt against Oscar De La Hoya in 1995.

His second championship reign began in 1997 when he took the WBC crown at 130 lbs with a split decision over the legendary Azumah Nelson in Corpus Christi, Texas. It was a belt he held until his final fight, a losing defence against Floyd Mayweather Jnr.

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