The Tamerlan Tsarnaev Diaries (Boxing Edition)

From our Compare and Contrast in Clear Idiomatic English desk

Interesting columns in Saturday’s local dailies about Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s short-lived boxing career.

Ron Borges in the Boston Herald:

Boston Marathon SuspectsPro boxer threw punches with ‘evil’ Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2010

If Edwin Rodriguez knew back in late 2010 what he knows now, his boxing encounter in Worcester with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev would have had a different ending, that’s for sure.

Reached yesterday afternoon, Rodriguez, the No. 2-ranked super middleweight in the world, pulled no punches when discussing his only encounter with Tsarnaev.

“I wasn’t trying to kill him; we were just sparring,” Rodriguez said, “but I would have if I knew he was that evil and a coward.” 

Money quote:

“It told you everything that he showed up at my gym with nobody,” Rodriguez said. “I’ve never been to a gym by myself. When you go to someone else’s gym, you always want someone to have your back.”

Crosstown at the Boston Globe, columnist Kevin Cullen filed this . . .

Read the rest at It’s Good to Live in a Two-Daily Town.

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2 Responses to The Tamerlan Tsarnaev Diaries (Boxing Edition)

  1. Michael Pahre says:

    Kevin Cullen trying to write like a street-savvy, tough guy comes across as incredibly disingenuous. He should stick to his own life, not pretend to be someone else.

    • Agree. Also didn’t like his “time to bury our dead,” stuff on MSNBC. As far as I know, he didn’t have to bury anyone.

      I’m squeamish in general with the whole “now the city heals” stuff; some people suffered immeasurably, but most of us just watched it on TV.

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