HAVERHILL — Local boxing star Jeff "Hell Raza" Fraza, who appeared on the TV reality show "The Contender," was hit by a train and killed early this morning.
Fraza, 34, appeared to be talking on a cellphone when he was hit by a MBTA train on the tracks along Hale Street just before 1:30 a.m., police Deputy Chief Donald Thompson said.
The collision happened near Fraza's home at 7 Mulberry St.
Police said they are investigating why the Haverhill native was on the tracks at the time. The train was travelling 35 mph, police said.
After a successful boxing performance on NBC's "The Contender" Fraza had lost his contract for a series of televised fights. A successful boxer for several years, he recently had been training young boxers in Haverhill.
"The Contender" was a reality-based television show which aired in 2005. It focused on the lives of a group of boxers, competing against one another. It was hosted by boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard and celebrity Sylvester Stallone.
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He was a regular at the gym. And when Jeff Fraza was not training himself, he was training others, including his 14-year-old son, his cousins, and other youth at the Haverhill Boxing Gym, where he grew up, his friends said yesterday.
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