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Boxer Sulem Urbina Issued A Statement Regarding Her Brother's Death


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Special Edition: Arizona Boxing News & Notes With Don Smith


Boxing Fans,

Lorin Chvotkin, an official spokesperson for the family of slain boxer Alexis Urbina, asked me to publish and forward Sulem Urbina's statement on the tragic death of her 17 year old brother who was a national boxing champion and an inspiration to many who knew him. I hope all editors, publishers, news directors, etc will consider broadcasting or printing her statement. I know space is at a premium, but solving his murder is far exceeds the intake of an extra advertising dollar and may stop a repeat performance from the perpetrator(s).

I have preempted my regular column, so her thoughts on the passing of her brother can be read and heard. My regular column will be released on Friday, October 11. Here is Sulem Urbina's statement in its' entirety. Please call Silent Witness: 480:WITNESS or 480-TESTIGO with any information that will help law enforcement in Phoenix, Arizona catch the person(s) responsible for the senseless murder of Sulem's brother.

For Immediate Release
BOXER SULEM URBINA ADDRESSES HER BROTHER’S DEATH

Mexico’s 2016 Olympic hopeful, Sulem Urbina, released a statement regarding the murder of her brother, Team USA amateur boxer, Alexis Urbina.

PHOENIX, ARIZONA, U.S.A. - On September 5, 2013, seventeen-year-old Alexis Urbina, a 2013 USA Boxing National Champion and USA National representative at 141 pounds, died from injuries sustained in an attack at his home. Authorities continue to investigate his case as a homicide. His twenty-three-year-old sister, Mexico’s amateur boxing standout, Sulem Urbina, would like to share the following statement:

Many of you know that my brother, Alexis Urbina, was found beaten last month in my family’s home, in Phoenix, Arizona. It has taken me some time to gather my thoughts, but I am ready to speak out about this tragedy. I would like to thank everyone who has supported my family in this time of crisis. Many friends and members in the boxing community have helped with fundraisers and made donations to cover funeral costs. Some brought over cooked meals. Thank you to all the media who covered this tragedy, and for continually asking the public to help find who may be responsible.

I was not prepared for something like this to happen. My brother and I trained together at Knockout Boxing Club in Phoenix, Arizona, with my husband, and coach, Andrews Soto. We were all extremely close and spent a lot of our free time together. My brother Alexis was always smiling, telling jokes, and trying to make everyone laugh. He had a large group of friends, but he did not associate himself with a crowd that could get him into trouble. I am not aware of any problems he had with any groups of people or any individuals.

On Tuesday, September 3, 2013, Alexis stayed home from school, because he was planning to enroll in an online school program. The online program would have allowed him to attend more national and international boxing competitions, while still allowing him to get his schoolwork completed during his boxing trips. My mother, Consuelo Ochoa, came home from work and found my brother badly beaten, lying on the living room floor, gasping for air. From there, he was rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital. I rushed to the hospital with my husband, and we both soon realized the severity of his injuries. I was devastated, and there wasn’t anything that I could do to help my brother.

The doctors at the hospital said that my brother had severe swelling throughout his entire brain from the attack. On September 4, 2013, Alexis was pronounced brain dead. His body was still alive, because he was in great physical condition, but doctors told us that it was only a matter of time before he would expire. The hospital staff allowed us to remain at my brother’s side until he passed away. On September 5, 2013, my husband and I left the hospital to return home to shower and change clothes. While at home, I received the call from the hospital that my brother died. We drove back to the hospital, and said our goodbyes to my brother.

My initial thoughts were that the people who had killed my brother should be brought to justice. Our family doesn’t know anyone capable of doing something like this. If anyone knows anything, please contact our local authorities, Silent Witness in Phoenix, Arizona, with your tips or leads. The number to call is (480) 948-6377.

A few days after my brother’s funeral, things began to slowly get back to normal. I've returned to my college classes, but at times, it is still really hard to concentrate. Homework takes longer to complete, and studying can be difficult. Life keeps going, and I’ve been taught that maintaining a strong work ethic is the right way to handle adversity. I also returned to training again in the gym, but it doesn’t feel the same without Alexis there. He encouraged me to work hard, because it would help increase opportunities for myself, and my sport. We had plans in place to make all of our dreams a reality.

We wanted to be the first brother and sister boxing duo to qualify for the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Alexis would have represented Team USA, and myself, Team Mexico. We knew exactly what needed to be done to achieve our goals. It was just a matter of putting in the work needed to get there.

On October 5, 2013, I traveled to Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, where I competed in my first amateur fight since my brother’s death. I won the fight with a second round TKO. Although my brother is not here physically, I still have him here with me, spiritually. I want to accomplish everything we promised we would do together. Every victory from this day forward will be dedicated to Alexis. Take care of your loved ones, and each other, because we aren’t promised tomorrow.

To schedule an appearance or interview with Sulem Urbina, or for any other additional information, please contact Lorin Chvotkin of Team Urbina, by phone at (240) 498 1478 or by email at Lbchoyas@yahoo.com.

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Photo: Alexis (R) and Sulem Urbina. Photo courtesy of Team Urbina.




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