Valley boxing coach, Andy Soto has been chosen by Team USA Boxing as one of the coaches for the SportAccord World Combat Games in St, Petersburg, Russia, Oct. 18-26.
The SportAccord World Combat Games, a multi-sport event that includes aikido, boxing, judo just to name a few brings together the best athletes in the world for this event. A mixed squad of nine athletes, representing the United States for the boxing portion includes three females, Marlen Esparza, Queen Underwood and Franchon Crews. Six males also compete and include Leopoldo Martinez, Stephen Fulton Jr., Cresencio Ramos, Nicholas Jefferson, Tony Losey and Joshua Temple.
For Soto, being chosen as a coach is bitter sweet. He was the coach and brother-in-law of Alexis Urbina who passed away last month in Phoenix. Alexis Urbina had been crowned the 141 lb. 2013 Youth National Champion at the USA Boxing National Championships in Spokane, Washington. Urbina had a great career ahead of him, and had hoped to compete in the 2016 Olympics, sadly his life and dream would be taken from him.
Andy Soto is also the husband of Sulem Urbina-Soto, Alexis's brother. Together, they carry on with heavy hearts, vowing to continue in honor of Alexis. Sulem, an amateur boxer competed in Mexico last weekend, winning her bout in a round two stoppage against her opponent.