Legendary fighter Micky Ward wants to make it clear to the world ... he has NO relationship with dead bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev -- despite a photo which reportedly shows them arm-in-arm.
Micky's agent tells TMZ he's been hammered with calls ever since the 2006 photo was posted on a local Boston news site.
We can't confirm it's actually Tamerlan in the photo, but it sure looks like him. Nonetheless, a rep for Micky -- whose life was chronicled in "The Fighter" -- says, "It was just like any random person who came up to Micky and asked him for a picture."
The rep adds the former New England Golden Gloves champ had no professional or personal association with Tsarnaev.
As we previously reported ... Tsarnaev had high hopes about making the US Olympic boxing team.
By the way, the news site has removed the photo ... but won't say why.
T.I.cked Off Hip Hop
Was Dragged Into Boston
4/20/2013 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
T.I. is pissed ... telling TMZ he has no connection to the hip hop website frequented by dead Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev ... a site that prominently featured the rapper's mug.
T.I. had no idea his pictures were posted -- he'd never even HEARD of Real-HipHop.com -- and he's upset that the hip hop genre is now connected to the bombers.
"Hip hop narrates the activity and conditions of our culture," he tells us. "It doesn't create them."
T.I. is frustrated: "Hip hop ain't never been about hurting innocent people," T.I. said. He feels Boston "was a horrible tragedy and my prayers go out to the families involved."
Boston Marathon Bombing
Suspect #2 Remains
in Serious Condition
4/20/2013 5:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev -- the 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing -- remains in serious condition at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston following his capture last night in Watertown, MA.
Tsarnaev was found hiding inside a boat that sat in the driveway of David Henneberry, who became suspicious when he saw the boat's tarp flapping in the wind. Henneberry's stepson told CNN he went out to investigate when he noticed the tarp had been cut ... and a closer inspection revealed it was stained with blood.
Henneberry investigated further and, according to his stepson, "He basically stuck his head under the tarp (and) noticed a pool of blood."
Upon his capture, Tsarnaev was not read his Miranda rights because the authorities instead invoked the public safety exception to question him extensively about other potential explosive devices or accomplices and to try to gain intelligence.
Tsarnaev's older brother, Tamerlan, died following a gunfight with police early Friday morning.
Boston Marathon Bombing
Suspect #2 IN CUSTODY
4/19/2013 5:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
5:45 PM PT -- Police are reporting the suspect is now in custody.
Police are swarming to a Watertown, MA neighborhood where suspect #2 Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is believed to be cornered, and dozens of gunshots have been fired.
At least 20 to 30 shots rang out in the Boston suburb where police seem to have finally caught up with the 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect.
Police have been searching all day for Dzhokhar ever since the gun battle last night, also in Watertown ... in which his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot and killed.
According to TV reports ... Dzhokhar is still alive on a boat in a backyard, and surrounded by police.
Boston Marathon Bombing
My Kids Were Framed
4/19/2013 1:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The brothers accused of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombing were FRAMED ... this according their father, who probably doesn't know what he's talking about.
Anzor Tsarnaev just gave an interview to Russian TV ... insisting his children, Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were set up ... and had nothing to do with all of the terribleness happening in Boston.
"Someone framed them," he said ... "I don't know who exactly did it, but someone did."
Anzor continued, "Damn cowards, they shot the boy dead. There are cops like this."
When asked if he's spoken with Dzhokhar today, Anzor said his phone was shut off.
"I'm afraid for my other boy," he said ... "Maybe he'll be shot dead too ... and they will say well, he has weapons."
And there's this. Anzor told ABC News, if his son is killed, "All hell will break loose."
Boston Marathon Bomber
DEATH PHOTO SURFACES
4/19/2013 10:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A gruesome death photo of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has surfaced online ... and law enforcement sources tell TMZ it's 100% authentic.
The photo first appeared on Reddit moments ago ... posted by someone who claims the photo was obtained by a "friend" who works downtown.
The picture shows the lifeless corpse of 26-year-old Tamerlan laying on a table.
The body has multiple bullet wounds ... as well as a gigantic gash along his chest rib cage area.
The body is covered in blood ... especially in the facial region.
In the death photo, Tamerlan's mouth and eyes are open wide.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the photo is authentic. One source tells us officials are investigating to find out who leaked the picture.
Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police in Watertown, Massachusetts early this morning. His 19-year-old brother Dzhokhar is on the run.
Both are suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing that killed 3 people and injured nearly 200 more.
Dead Bombing Suspect
4/19/2013 9:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The older brother who was killed and suspected in the Boston bombings was deep into hip hop, and it appears he belonged to a fan website that touted that genre of music.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev has an email associated with the website, "Real-hiphop.com."
The site provides information about hip hop artists and upcoming DVD releases.
What's interesting ... hip hop lyrics are notoriously violent and often degrading to women. Tamerlan Tsarnaev has a boxing profile in which he says he doesn't take his shirt off much because he doesn't want women to get bad ideas, adding, "I'm very religious." This statement is significantly more conservative than the hip hop genre.
Boston Marathon Bombing
SUSPECT #1 KILLED
Hunting for Suspect #2
4/19/2013 7:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
8:27 AM PT -- Cops say Dzhokhar is NOT holed up in the building in Watertown where cops were seen preparing for a firefight.
8:25 AM PT -- Just about every single university in the Boston area has been closed --- including Emerson and Boston College -- while authorities continue the hunt for Dzhokhar.
7:48 AM PT -- Cops have broken out guns and body armor and appear to be gearing up for some sort of tactical offensive in Watertown.
6:46 AM PT -- A YouTube page has been discovered that appears to have been created by the older brother Tamerlan several months ago.
The page contains links to several religious videos -- including one titled, "Allah Is the One" ... and another called, "Islam."
6:42 AM PT -- Cops believe the younger brother, Dzhokhar, may be armed with an assault rifle ... and is probably carrying explosives.
Cops have shot and killed one of the men suspected in the Boston Marathon bombing -- after a fierce gun battle in Watertown, Mass. ... and now officials are on the hunt for Suspect #2.
Here's what you need to know ...
-- The suspects are brothers from Chechnya ... 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev and 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. They reportedly moved to the U.S. around 2002 and have been living here legally.
-- The brothers were located in Watertown, Mass. last night ... after they allegedly robbed a 7-11 store and hijacked a car. The driver of the car was unharmed.
-- The brothers then shot and killed a security officer on the M.I.T. campus -- and cops came racing to the scene.
-- A ferocious gun battle ensued ... with one witness saying at least 60 shots were fired ... and the brothers reportedly threw grenades at the cops.
-- The older brother, Tamerlan, was killed in the shootout ... but Dzhokhar (pictured below) escaped.
-- Cops believed Dzhokhar is armed and dangerous ... and has a bomb strapped to his chest.
-- Officials have launched an intense manhunt for Dzhokhar ... and have released a new picture of the 19-year-old.
-- There are reports the older brother was a boxer who wanted to become part of the U.S. National Boxing Team.
-- At least one of the brothers went Cambridge Rindge and Latin School ... where Matt Damon and Ben Affleck went to school, according to reports.
The question now ... are these brothers -- who have presumably been Americanized and living in the U.S. for years -- considered domestic or foreign terrorists.
6:38 AM PT -- Police in Niagara Falls, N.Y., have pulled over a pair of Russian nationals this morning and reportedly have robot and bomb techs on the scene to investigate suspicious packages. It's unclear if there is a connection to the Boston Marathon bombing.
According to Buffalo television station WGRZ, the FBI has been notified and the joint terrorism task force is working with state police.
Boston Marathon Bombing
Suspect #1 Wanted to
Box for U.S.A.
4/19/2013 6:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tamerlan Tsarnaev -- Boston bombing suspect #1 who was killed overnight -- was training intensely as a boxer, and hoped to represent Team USA in the Olympics.
According to a site posting photos of Tsarnaev training at Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts Center in Boston -- he wanted to be selected for the US Olympic team and become a naturalized citizen.
Tamerlan told the site he'd prefer to box for his native Chechnya, but since it's not an independent country ... he'd choose to box for the US.
Tamerlan describes himself as a Muslim who doesn't drink or smoke.
On the photo site ... Tamerlan says he has a girlfriend who's half Italian, half Portuguese ... and has converted to Islam.
Boston Marathon Bomb Blasts
3 Dead, More Than 130 Injured
No Suspects Identified
4/15/2013 1:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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6:00 PM PT -- Boston police are now confirming a third death.
4:57 PM PT -- Reports of a person of interest in custody were premature, and police now say they have no suspects ... one of the victims who died was an 8-year-old ... and authorities have upped the number of injured to 130 or more.
3:35 PM PT -- President Obama addressed the attacks, saying: "We still do not know who did this or why ... but make no mistake: We will get to the bottom of (this). ... Any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice."
2:47 PM PT -- Police are reportedly guarding a possible suspect in the hospital, where he's being treated for injuries. CBS says surveillance tape shows a man carrying backpacks into the area about 20 minutes before the blasts.
2:19 PM PT -- Fox News says a person of interest is in custody.
2:10 PM PT -- The number of injured has climbed into the 60s, according to several reports.
2:05 PM PT -- Authorities are scrambling ... security has been stepped up at the White House and in Times Square ... the FAA has established a no-fly zone over the scene ...
1:43 PM PT -- Reuters now saying that a fire at the JFK Library, a ways from the marathon finish line, is unrelated.
1:08 PM PT -- Police say at least two are dead and 23 are injured. The AP is reporting that two additional explosive devices have been found.
12:59 PM PT -- Boston Marathon officials are now calling them bombs. There are reports of police responding to additional undetonated devices in the area, but nothing's confirmed. The BPD has called in all off-duty officers.
12:40 PM PT -- Three people have reportedly been killed by the explosions. Dozens have reportedly been injured. Some are saying they were bombs ... but that hasn't been confirmed. There's blood everywhere.
Terrible news ... a pair of explosions rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon this afternoon ... and the injuries are gruesome.
It's total chaos right now ... the photos going around don't look good. It's still not clear who's responsible.
Olympic swimmer Summer Sanders just tweeted, "Can anyone tell us what happen near the marathon? Felt two BIG booms that shook our hotel and saw smoke on Boylston." Twitter is on fire ... read other celeb reactions here.
New Kids on the Block member and Boston native Joey McIntyre was running in the race and just tweeted that he crossed the finish line just ahead of the dual blasts. "There was an explosion by the finish line about 5 minutes after I finished- I'm ok but I'm sure there are many hurt," he tweeted.