After the horrific bombings in Boston this past April there are undoubtedly countless individuals who would love to have put a beatdown on one of the two brothers accused of the crime. However, middleweight John Howard (20-7) actually had the opportunity to do so before the crime was committed.
Howard was an occasional training partner of suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed during a shootout with police, and recently shared a story from a particularly rough sparring session. In an interview with Sherdog Radio, Howard explained…
“One day we was sparring and it got a little too physical. Me being an MMA fighter and him being a boxer, it was like a little rivalry thing and we were boxing and we kind of went kind of hard one time. I give him credit. He was a good boxer, but because of the power I possess, I could put anybody down, I believe. What happened was, he got a little cocky. He was touching me up. He was getting the best of me. We went at it, and I caught him with my left hook, my famous left hook, and broke his nose. When I broke his nose, he covered his face. His body was open, so I turned my angle and I hit him with a body shot — with my right hand, a body shot, and I dropped him. That was the end of the sparring match.”
“At that point in time, I did feel kind of bad. I was like, ‘Man, I went too far.’ But ever since the tragedy happened, I don’t feel bad. The only thing I regret is I didn’t keep hitting him and choke him out and put him out of his misery.”
SOURCE: Sherdog Radio
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