An amateur boxer allegedly shot and killed his long-time rival after years of constantly losing to him — all because he believed that he was the better fighter.
Darrell Telisme was arrested for shooting Stan Stanisclasse in the doorway of his West Palm Beach, Florida, apartment on Thursday after celebrating Thanksgiving with a drunken night out.
Both middleweights were outside a pizza shop that Wednesday night when 24-year-old Telisme suggested they go a few rounds, insisting he was better than former Florida Golden Glove winner Stanisclasse.
They had fought dozens of times after meeting each other at a gym but 23-year-old Stanisclasse, who turned professional in 2013, won every time.
Once again, Telisme lost, and the pair parted ways. But on Thanksgiving morning at 4 am, police say Telisme turned up at his rival's home with a pistol and shot him in the head.
A witness told The Palm Beach Post that Telisme shouted, "The fight is over. It's squashed."
Telisme was arrested on Thursday and is in jail facing first degree murder charges.
"I tried working with Darrell, but he just didn't get it. He wasn't the talented, athletic guy he thought he was," said David Lewter, the owner of a gym where the pair worked out.
"I still can't believe it. The fact that somebody's ego can get to this point is just senseless, ridiculous, stupid."
On the other hand he said Stanisclasse, who took part in the U.S. Olympic Qualifiers in 2012, was "incredibly talented."
Stanisclasse had a 43-4 amateur boxing record and a 7-0 professional boxing record.
Telisme allegedly told detectives he had tried to advance his career, but could only watch as Stanisclasse moved up in the sport.