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February 4, 2012

Haverhill boxing star Jeff Fraza hit and killed by train

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.

For more on this story, see tomorrow's The Eagle-Tribune.

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