Sister of slain AZ boxer perseveres to win tourney gold - CBS 5 - KPHO

Sister of slain AZ boxer perseveres to win tourney gold

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Alexis, left, and Sulem Urbina had hoped to be the first brother-sister duo to compete in boxing at the Olympics.  Alexis Urbina was killed during a home invasion in the fall. (Source: Urbina family photo) Alexis, left, and Sulem Urbina had hoped to be the first brother-sister duo to compete in boxing at the Olympics. Alexis Urbina was killed during a home invasion in the fall. (Source: Urbina family photo)
Sulem Urbina honors her brother after each bout by pointing to the sky. (Source: Urbina family photo) Sulem Urbina honors her brother after each bout by pointing to the sky. (Source: Urbina family photo)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

The pain Sulem Urbina has had to deal with over the past several months is unimaginable. But she stayed focused on boxing.

"Every time I fight now I feel like his presence is there with me. I feel like he is walking me through this because he was already an expert at it," Urbina said.

There aren't many women tougher than Urbina. In the ring, the 23-year-old amateur boxer has pulled out some tough bouts. But losing her brother, Alexis Urbina, this past fall was a blow she never saw coming. Police said Alexis Urbina was killed during a robbery at his home.

"Before he passed away I promised him that I would keep going with our dreams, and that's what I'm doing," Sulem Urbina said.

The siblings planned to become the first brother-sister duo to compete in boxing at the Olympics. Alexis Urbina would represent Team USA. Sulem Urbina would fight for Mexico.

In the weeks after Alexis Urbina's death, Sulem Urbina qualified to compete in the Mexican Amateur Boxing Nationals.

This month, she won all four of her fights and brought home the gold. After each win, she honored Alexis Urbina by pointing to the sky.

"It doesn't take the pain away but I know that he would be proud of us for keeping on with our lives and for me keeping my promise to him," Sulem Urbina said.

Sulem Urbina is currently training for the Central American Games in October.

Police captured the two men suspected of killing Alexis Urbina during the home invasion last month.

Joseph Corrales and Robert Chaves were arrested after the two were selling items that were stolen from Alexis Urbina's home, police said.

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