Will Box For Passport
Will Box For Passport-01.jpgTamerlan Tsarnaev practices boxing at the Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts center.
Will Box For Passport-02.jpgOriginally from Chechnya, but living in the United States since five years, Tamerlan says: "I don't have a single American friend, I don't understand them."
Will Box For Passport-03.jpgTamerlan, 196 lbs, will represent New England in the heavyweight category at the National Golden Gloves competition in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Will Box For Passport-04.jpgTamerlan, who studies at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston and wants to become an engineer, took the semester off from school to train for the competition.
Will Box For Passport-05.jpgIf he wins enough fights there, Tamerlan says he could be selected for the US Olympic team and be naturalized American. Unless his native Chechnya becomes independent, Tamerlan says he would rather compete for the United States than for Russia.
Will Box For Passport-06.jpgTamerlan fled Chechnya with his family because of the conflict in the early 90s, and lived for years in Kazakhstan before getting to the United States as a refugee.
Will Box For Passport-07.jpg"I'm dressed European style," Tamerlan says.
Will Box For Passport-08.jpgTamerlan stops to answer a phone call while walking from his Mercedes to the Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts center, where he practices boxing.
Will Box For Passport-09.jpgTamerlan says he loves the movie "Borat," even though some of the jokes are a bit too much.
Will Box For Passport-10.jpg"When you start kicking, it gets dirty. That's what I think," Tamerlan says. Of kickboxers, he says: "They don't know how to move."
Will Box For Passport-11.jpgTamerlan says he doesn't usually take his shirt off so girls don't get bad ideas: "I'm very religious."
Will Box For Passport-12.jpgTamerlan says he doesn't drink or smoke anymore: "God said no alcohol." A muslim, he says: "There are no values anymore," and worries that "people can't control themselves."
Will Box For Passport-13.jpgTamerlab says his girlfriend is half Portuguese, half Italian girlfriend and converted to Islam: "She's beautiful, man!"
Will Box For Passport-14.jpgTamerlan demonstrates a way of walking to strengthen the ankle muscles at the Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts center. A native of Chechnya, Tamerlan says: "In Russia, we used to train like this. Here nobody does it, I don't know why!"
Will Box For Passport-15.jpgTamerlan takes a break form his boxing practice.
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(Для информации: поскольку оригинальная фотосессия с Тамерланом Царнаевым, похоже, выпилена полностью -- я решил сохранить ее у себя. Такой важный, можно сказать, фрагмент фотоистории не должен стать жертвой цензуры!)