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The Chechyn brothers suspected in this week's Boston Marathon bombings, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, were both active in combat sports. Tamerlan sparred at the Wai Kru gym and Dzokhar was on his high school wrestling team.


The two men suspected in this week's Boston Marathon bombings, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, both had combat sports connections. The older, 26-year-old Tamerlan, was killed in a shootout with Boston police but the younger, 19-year-old Dzokhar remains at large.

Photographs of Tamerlan training at Boston's well-known Wai Kru gym have surfaced. The gym is home to such UFC veterans as John Howard and Sean Gannon, the Boston cop who fought Kimbo Slice in an underground fight immortalized on YouTube and Lighweight prospect Calvin Kattar. Tamleran was apparently a Golden Gloves boxer.

Mike Chiappetta has tweeted more info:

The younger brother Dzokhar (photo here) was an all-star member of the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School wrestling team.

CNN has a live blog with updates from Boston.

Deadspin has more on Tamerlan, here's an excerpt:

It's not much, and most of it's derived from a photo gallery for a 2010 article in the Boston University graduate school magazine. We know Tamerlan Tsarnaev was 26 and a competitive boxer for a club named Team Lowell, who won the Rocky Marciano Trophy for being New England Golden Gloves heavyweight champion in 2010. He did this while taking time off from school at Bunker Hill Community College, where he studied in hopes of being an engineer. He's been boxing in the U.S. since at least 2004, and his uncle told WBZ in Boston that he arrived in the United States in 2000 under refugee status from Kyrgyzstan.

Think Progress has some background on the political context of the Tsarnaev brothers' native Chechnya.