A photo of Tamerlan Tsarnaev appears on the website of a Boston-area mixed martial arts center. (Photo via Wai Kru MMA Center)

Dead Boston Bombing Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev Hoped to Box For USA Olympic Team


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In an interesting turn of events, the bombing suspects from the Boston Marathon tragedy went on the run early Friday morning in a chase with police officers that led to one cop being gunned down and one of the suspects being fatally shot. The two suspects were brothers, and the older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was the man who was shot.

His younger brother, Dzhokar Tsarnaev, is still on the loose.

As we learn more about the two men who were responsible for the heinous act, reports surfaced that the older Tsarnaev brother was a competitor in the Golden Gloves championship and had hopes of boxing for the U.S. Olympic team. The Big Lead and The Boston Globe had the reports.

There is one photo caption in a photo gallery from his gym’s website, Wai Kru, that credits Tsarnaev as saying, “I don’t have a single American friend, I don’t understand them.”

There are some reports that Tsarnaev trained in MMA, but from people that have trained with him at the popular gym, he was strictly a boxer.

Here is some information that was found on the website of Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts center via Johannes Hirn:

“I don’t have a single American friend, I don’t understand them.”

Tamerlan says he doesn’t drink or smoke anymore: “God said no alcohol.” A muslim, he says: “There are no values anymore,” and worries that “people can’t control themselves.”

Tamerlan says he doesn’t usually take his shirt off so girls don’t get bad ideas: “I’m very religious.”

If he wins enough fights there, Tamerlan says he could be selected for the US Olympic team and be naturalized American. Unless his native Chechnya becomes independent, Tamerlan says he would rather compete for the United States than for Russia.

The FBI requests that anyone with information emails them at bostonmarathontips@fbi.gov, or call them at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).

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