He was an amateur boxer, listed as a competitor in a National Golden Gloves competition in 2009. In a local news article in 2004, someone identified as Tamerlan spoke about his boxing and his views of America.
“I like the USA,” Tamerlan was quoted as saying in The Lowell Sun. “America has a lot of jobs. That’s something Russia doesn’t have. You have a chance to make money here if you are willing to work.”
The paper quoted Tamerlan’s trainer, Gene McCarthy, as saying: “He has a lot of heart. That’s the key.” It said he loved music, and played the piano and violin.