Philadelphia welterweight Najai Turpin is dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot. Turpin, who leaves behind a young daughter, was poised to gain national recognition as a contestant on The Contender, a boxing reality show set to air next month on NBC. Just 22 years old, the good-looking Turpin had a known record of 13-1 but likely lost his last bout. His performance on The Contender is unknown because the California Athletic Commission has refused to release the results of matches taped for the show. NBC's website contained the following bio of Turpin: "Born and raised in the ghetto, Najai is extremely soft spoken, polite and a very motivated and focused fighter. His mother died when he was 18-years old and Najai was left to raise his younger brother, sister, niece & nephew. He still cares for them even though his grandmother and brothers have stepped up to help. Najai is a hard worker. He does road work in the early morning, works from 10am - 5pm at a restaurant cleaning seafood, then trains for two hours only to return to the restaurant to work until midnight. Any free time he has he runs to see his baby daughter Anje to whom he dedicates everything. Just a few months ago, Najai was robbed at gunpoint and lost nine hundred dollars. The next morning he was informed he earned a chance to compete on The Contender." Boxingtalk sends its condolences to all who loved Najai Turpin.