The Boston Marathon bombing suspect who was killed early Friday morning was training to participate in the 2013 National Golden Gloves boxing tournament, which will be held in May in Salt Lake City, Utah, and had also participated in the 2009 national tournament.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was defeated in the first round of the tournament in 2009, losing to “Lamar Fenner of Chicago by decision in the 201-pound weight class. Fenner went on to the championship bout, but lost to Michigan’s Jordan Shimmell in that final.”
Larry Fullmer, “the tournament director in 2009 and is involved in putting on the event again this year,” said though he does not remember Tsarnaev, he “would have to have been an accomplished boxer to have made it to Salt Lake City” and “would have emerged from the New England Region, which includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maine.”
Tsarnaev’s former boxing coach said he won the New England Region’s Golden Gloves in 2009 to make the national tournament.