Pro Boxer Holds No Punches Back as She Rips Apart Her Younger Brother’s Killer on Social Media

Published 01/19/2023, 9:00 AM EST

Thirty-two-year-old Sulem Urbina lost her last fight against Texan Indeya Smith on December 21, last year, at New York’s Sony Hall. Born in the Mexican state of Sonora’s capital city Hermosilio on July 8, 1990, the five feet and two-inches tall flyweight lived with her parents and two older and two younger brothers. The family immigrated to the United States when she was four. She took up boxing when she was ten. Her record stands at thirteen wins, of which two were knockout victories and three losses.

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But much before she commenced her professional journey, Urbina went through a personal tragedy. Yet, despite the terrible loss, she mustered her courage and silenced one opponent after the other. Till, unfortunately, skeletons from her past bolted out.

Ex-contender for the world title Sulem Urbina infuriated

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She took to her Twitter handle to share the rage boiling her down. While still an amateur, in 2013, a housebreaking incident resulted in her younger brother Alexis Urbina-Ochoa’s death. At 141 pounds, Urbina-Ochoa won his first USA Boxing national championship six months before his terrible demise.

She told The Ring“After he won his first title, Alexis told me that it would be a dream for the two of us to make it to the 2016 Olympics together.”

What outraged Sulem Urbina was seemingly the lack of remorse or insolence the alleged killer of her brother displayed. A split picture attached to her tweet shows the alleged perpetrator Robert Chavez in casual as well as prison garb. However, the picture in prison uniform also shows him sporting the tear-drop tattoo.

The furious flyweight wrote, “Today we looked up information on my brother’s killers as we found Robert Chavez profile; my blood boiled looking at his picture; he now has a tear drop tattooed on his face. Lowest of the low, proud of killing an innocent young kid. Hope you rot in prison and regret it everyday.”

Sulem Urbina’s journey from Mexico to the United States

Initially, her brothers were less keen for her to practice and spar alongside them. But her father’s intervention solved the issue, and they started including in-practice sessions.

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Urbina began working with Andrews Soto, her current manager, and boxing trainer, in 2007. Three years later, the two tied the knot.

She won her first Arizona Golden Gloves championship in 2007 and repeated the feat in 2009. In addition, she competed at the 2009 U.S. National Golden Gloves Tournament, finishing in third place.

Even though Urbina was devastated by her brother’s death, she found strength in her brother’s legacy and pushed on.

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Jaideep R Unnithan

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After completing 18 years in the corporate sector, Jaideep decided to make a move out of the comfort zone and follow his heart's calling to becoming a writer. His understanding of Boxing began with Iron Mike's debut as an 18 year old in 1985. Like anyone and everyone else, he holds Muhammad Ali as the greatest, though his personal favorite remains the 'PacMan' Manny Pacquiao for his speed and sheer toughness.

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