Tsarnaev chased boxing dream
At one point, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the alleged Boston Marathon bomber who was killed Thursday night, was an aspiring boxer who said "I like the USA" after a successful bout and had dreams of boxing for the U.S. Olympic team.
According to the Lowell Sun, Tsarnaev, who came to the U.S. from Chechnya in in 2003, won a Golden Gloves novice fight at the 178-pound weight division in January 2004.
"I wanted to fight in the Gloves to see how I would do," Tsarnaev said at the time, according to the Sun. "So far, so good."
He added, according to the Sun: "I like the USA ... America has a lot of jobs. That's something Russia doesn't have. You have a chance to make money here if you are willing to work."
Tsarnaev continued his boxing career. According to multiple media reports, he took part in a number of regional bouts and, according to the Sun, won the prestigious Rocky Marciano Trophy as the New England heavyweight champ a number of years later.
According to reports, he was studying engineering at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston but took a leave of absence to train for the Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Salt Lake City in 2009.
According to the official website of the Golden Gloves, Tsarnaev did participate in the 201-pound division in 2009 but lost a decision to Lamar Fenner of Chicago.
In a photo essay leading up to the Golden Gloves bouts, he said he thought he could use boxing to earn American citizenship, going so far as to say he thought he could make the U.S. Olympic team.
In the same essay, however, he hinted that he wasn't completely comfortable in the U.S., saying: "I don't have a single American friend, I don't understand them."
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, have been the prime suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three and wounded more than 170. Late Thursday night, they killed an MIT police officer and hurled explosives at police in a car chase and gun battle that left Tamerlan Tsarnaev dead, according to authorities. Police were still searching for his brother Friday morning.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was an athlete in his own right. He attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Cambridge, Mass., and competed on the wrestling team. In 2011, he was named a Greater Boston League Winter All Star, according to multiple reports.
He earned a $2,500 college scholarship from Cambridge in 2011 and was reportedly a student at UMass-Dartmouth.