American boxer dead after savage beating: Police

U.S. boxer Alexis Urbina. (Facebook)

U.S. boxer Alexis Urbina. (Facebook)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:16 PM ET

Up-and-coming American boxer Alexis Urbina has died following a savage beating at his home in Arizona.

Urbina was found unconscious and covered in blood at his family’s home on Tuesday afternoon, according to reports.

The 17-year-old, who became a national champion in April at the 2013 USA Boxing National Championships, died of his injuries Thursday.

Phoenix police are investigating the case as a homicide. They do not have any leads or suspects.

"This kid was the next Oscar De La Hoya," boxing promoter Ralph Velez Jr. told USA Today. "He was that talented. It's really, really sad."

In an interview with KPHO TV station, Urbina's mother said her son had numerous cuts around his face and neck. Physicians told the family Urbina's brain had swollen to three times its normal size.

Officials also confirmed boxing memorabilia was stolen from Urbina's home.

A junior welterweight at 141 pounds, Urbina was in contention to represent the U.S. at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

He was recently chosen to participate in a Colorado-based training camp in which only the top U.S. junior boxers were invited to.


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