UFC fighter says he could have put suspected Boston bomber ‘down for good’
An ultimate fighter who once sparred with suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev said he not only whooped the 26-year-old amateur fighter in the ring, but could have ‘finished him’ off with his bare hands.
John “Doomsday” Howard told MyFoxBoston that Tsarnaev, who he described as a “cocky” boxer, challenged him to a few fights.
“By the fourth time we sparred, he kinda got a little cocky and tried to pick me apart; really tried to hurt me,” Howard said. “Once I got the OK to go hard I gave him my famous left hook and broke his nose. When his hands went up, I came with a right hook and dropped him with a body shot. He got humbled that day.”
Howard, a Boston native, told the news outlet that he felt “betrayed” when he learned that Tsarnaev was a prime suspect in the deadly bombings.
“To see my Boston people hurt and to see this man do this – and I had some interaction with him – it was unbelievable,” said Howard. “I felt like if I knew something or had some clue I could have handled it. I could have probably finished him myself with my bare hands. You know, put him down for good.”