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Tragedy to GLORY: Shane Oblonsky dedicating tournament to late sister

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Shane Oblonsky’s ability to deal with loss has nothing to do with his career as a prizefighter. The pain he has sustained in the ring cannot compare to the emotional scars that have added up over the course of an arduous existence.

Oblonsky’s mother, Sheau-Fang Chang Oblonsky, was murdered by an ex-boyfriend when he was 7 years old. He and his older sister Michelle then moved in with their father, Joel. By the time Oblonsky was 12, Joel had fallen ill and died from liver disease.

The siblings were taken in by a foster family, overcame and even thrived despite the tragedies. Shane became a successful professional kickboxer. Michelle played tennis, was a straight-A student and earned a college degree.

Michelle, though, suffered from a deep depression. In September, she was found dead at the age of 30. She went to sleep and never woke up. Shane said he is unsure of the cause with the autopsy still pending.

“She was the last thing I had in my life,” Shane told MMA Fighting this week. “The last family member I had. I’m dedicating the rest of my life and this tournament to her.”

Shane, 29, will compete in a four-man, featherweight contender tournament Friday at ….View original article

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