Genaro "Chicanito" Hernandez reportedly is nearing the end of his three-year battle with cancer, having terminated treatment for the disease.
Hernandez, who turned 45 on May 5, is home in South Orange County, Calif., with his wife, Liliana, and children, Amanda and Steven, now partially paralyzed from the waist down, according to Pound4Pound.com.
"He still has the fighting mentality; he's still feisty, with that warrior mentality," said his brother, Rudy, a renowned cutman and trainer. "But he's home now (and) nothing medically can be done anymore. We're just trying to keep him as comfortable as possible and lift his spirits any way we can."
Hernandez (38-2-1, 17 knockouts) fought professionally from 1984 to 1998. He won the vacant WBA super featherweight title in 1991 with a ninth-round TKO of Daniel Londas, then succesfully defended the belt eight times.
He moved up to fight a young Oscar De La Hoya, then 18-0, for the WBO lightweight title in 1995, suffering the first loss of his career by a technical decision when an injury sent the bout to the scorecards after six rounds.
Hernandez rebounded in 1997 to win the WBC super featherweight championship, taking a 12-round split decision from Azumah Nelson, and defended that crown four times before suffering the only other defeat of his career, to Floyd Mayweather Jr., who was 17-0. Hernandez never fought again.
In the fall of 2008, Hernandez was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare malignancy found almost exclusively in children, and has battled the disease ever since.