Tamerlan Was Denied Boxing Title

    SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MAY 4:  Tamerlan Tsamaev waits for a decision in the 201-pound division boxing match during the 2009 Golden Gloves National Tournament of Champions May 4, 2009 in Salt Lake City, Utah. After a car chase and shoot out with police, one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was shot and killed by police early morning April 19, and a manhunt is underway for his brother and second suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. The two men are suspects in the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, that killed three people and wounded at least 170.  (Photo by Glenn DePriest/Getty Images)

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    For Tamerland Tsarnaev—the Boston Marathon suspect killed by police during a shootout—the American dream was impossible. After the award-winning, heavy-weight boxer captured the Golden Gloves championship in New England two years in a row, his status as a legal resident (rather than U.S. citizen) caused authorities to barr him from participating in the national tournament. In the aftermath of the bombing in Boston, many close to Tamerlan now point to this—the frustration he felt with being disqualified because of his origin—as the root of his anger. It wasn't until he quit boxing, friends say, that Tamerlan began meeting with the radical Islamist mentor now known as "Misha."