BOSTON, Mass. — Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Boston bombing Suspect 1 who was killed early Friday morning in a shootout on the MIT campus, was training intensely as a boxer, and hoped to represent Team USA in the Olympics, according to reports.
According TMZ.com, a site posted photos of Tsarnaev training at Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts Center in Boston. The site said Tsarnaev wanted to be selected for the US Olympic team and become a naturalized citizen.
Tsarnaev told the site he’d prefer to box for his native Chechnya, but since it’s not an independent country he’d choose to box for the US.
Tsarnaev described himself as a Muslim who doesn’t drink or smoke. A woman Tsarnaev called his girlfriend is also seen training with him in the photos.