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Boston bombing suspect an aspiring boxer

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Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed by police during a late Thursday night chase, was an aspiring boxer.

Tsarnaev, who came to the U.S. from Chechnya in 2003, won a Golden Gloves novice bout in the 178-pound weight division in January 2004.

"I wanted to fight in the Gloves to see how I would do," Tsarnaev told the Lowell (Mass.) Sun at the time. "So far, so good."

He hoped to box for the U.S. Olympic team.

"I like the USA," he said. "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 then reportedly competed in several regional matches. He won the prestigious Rocky Marciano Trophy as the New England heavyweight champion a few years later.

He also trained for the Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Salt Lake City in 2009. He competed in the 201-pound division but lost a decision to Lamar Fenner of Chicago, according to the boxing organization's website.

Tsarnaev wrote in an essay before the Golden Gloves tournament that he wanted to use boxing as a means to gain American citizenship and had a goal of making the U.S. Olympic team.

However, he also expressed feeling alienated in the U.S.

"I don't have a single American friend, I don't understand them," he wrote.

The 26-year-old and his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, are suspected of detonating two bombs at the Boston Marathon on Monday that killed three people and injured more than 170 others. The younger Tsarnaev is still on the loose. The brothers killed an MIT police officer and threw explosives at police during a car chase and shootout that killed the older Tsarnaev on Thursday night, according to authorities.
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