Bombing suspect was amateur boxer

Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a former amateur boxer and a two-time New England champion, according to reports.

In fact, Tsarnaev once served as a sparring partner for super middleweight boxer-puncher Edwin Rodriguez (23-0, 15 KOs), of Worcester, Mass, according to a report by Yahoo!Sports. 

“It’s a strange feeling to know I sparred with this guy and knew him and talked with him,” said Rodriguez, who informed Yahoo!Sports that he watched the news about the bombing shortly after his wife, Stephanie, gave birth to their third child, Evan Kaden Rodriguez, on Monday.

“It’s not like we were friends, but we talked and had conversations. It is strange. It’s hard now, knowing what this coward did, to even think about it. He affected so many people, so many families. My heart just goes out to them.”

Click here for a slideshow of Tsarnaev from Yahoo!Sports.


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