An amateur boxing invitational is in the works for early next year in Phoenix, for the late Alexis Urbina who was killed last month in a home invasion. The would be star was just 17-years-old.
In April of this year, Alexis Urbina competed in and was crowned the Youth National Champion, at the USA Boxing National Championships in Spokane, Washington, in the 141 pound division. Urbina defeated a highly favored Salvadore Perez of California, giving the humble boxer the elite title.
Destined for greatness, but sadly cut short of the opportunity, Urbina had hopes of competing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. There is no doubt he would have been a great boxer, he had just come into his prime as an amateur. His coach and brother-in-law, Andy Soto said that all the elements were just right at the time Alexis won the title, he had a growing spurt and his skills as a boxer had come to light.
Alexis Urbina may be gone, but his memory and legacy will be kept alive, by the announcement of an amateur boxing invitational in his name being presented by Andy Soto and his wife, Sulem Urbina Soto. Sulem was the brother of Alexis and is an amateur boxer who vows to carry on in honor of her brother.
In a telephone conversation with Andy Soto recently, Soto said plans are in the works for a boxing invitational honoring Alexis set for early next year. Soto also said it could be an annual event, or possibly an semi-annual event.
The Arizona boxing community, from boxers, coaches, trainers, media and people in between have been affected by the loss of Alexis Urbina.
Details for the event are in the beginning stages, and details will be announced soon. If you would like to help or have any ideas, please contact Andy Soto at www.facebook.com/andrews.soto.
Andy Soto will be a guest on Max Boxing Radio Network's, Punches "N" Bunches Edition, hosted by Tony Whitby and myself, Ron Valderrama on Monday, Oct. 7 at 9:30 a.m. PST. The call-in number is 424-258-9273. For more information, check www.facebook.com/tony.whitby and www.facebook.com/ronatringside.