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Sep 12, 2013 1:47 AM by Samantha Ptashkin

Tucson boxing community remembers murdered champion

TUCSON- Alexis Urbina, better known as "Alex" lived and breathed boxing.

The 17 year old lived in Phoenix and he was already an emerging star in the boxing world. He had several titles under his belt, including 2013 USA Boxing Champion. "He's known in California and all over the United States," says Sergio Zaragoza.

Zaragoza owns AZ Boxing & Fitness at 653 West Valencia Road.

He met Urbina several years ago when they crossed paths at boxing tournaments. "I remember him coming up to us whenever our fighters would win or lose and he'd tell them to keep their heads up," Zaragoza says. "He'd be supportive, he was really cool."

It was an attitude that earned Urbina the respect and admiration of his peers.

"He was very humble, not a show off at all," says 17-year-old Enrique Duarte. "I mean he was a really good boxer, I could say one of the best in the United States."

But last Tuesday, Urbina encountered a match he wasn't prepared to fight. Phoenix Police say his mother found him severely beaten inside their home. Some of his belongings, a computer, clothes and a PlayStation were also gone.

Urbina died at the hospital two days later.

"This was the momentum of his life, that's why its even harder," Zaragoza says. "Not only because we lost him, but why would you do this to him? He was just starting to take off."

Now Urbina's friends just want answers. "I know whoever did this is going to pay the price," Zaragoza says. "You will not get away with this."

Silent Witness is offering a $1,000 reward for anyone with information. Call 480-948-6377 or 1-800-343-TIPS. You can remain annonymous.

There will be a memorial service for Urbina September 14th from 9am - 10am at Knockouts Boxing Club located at 602 S. 16th Street in Phoenix.

Zaragoza is also collecting donations on behalf of Urbina's family for funeral expenses. You can contact him by email at: azboxingfitness@yahoo.com or call (520) 292-6937

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