Biography:

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Born near the Chechen region of Russia, Arthur Biyarslanov was four when his family left for Azerbaijan before arriving in Canada six years later in 2005, hoping for a better life and education. At age 17, he represented Canada at the 2012 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships where he came just shy of advancing to the quarterfinals. Now a three-time Canadian champion, Biyarslanov competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where he lost a split decision in the second round to defending champion Manoj Kumar of India. In 2013 he began training with Adrian Teodorescu who coached, among other greats, Lennox Lewis to Olympic gold at Seoul 1988.

PERSONAL

Family: Parents Xairudin (deceased) and Alla… Older brother Rustam participated in combat sports (wrestling, boxing, kick boxing) and is his role model for looking after him…Also has two sisters… Getting into the Sport: Started boxing at age 12… His brother wanted him to learn self-defence so he took him along to the gym… Outside Interests: Studying psychology at York University… Odds and Ends: Nickname: Borz… Always says a prayer before entering the ring… Favourite quote: “I hated every minute of training but I said ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion’.” – Muhammad Ali…

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

CWG: 2014 – 13th (Elim. 2nd Rd)

AIBA WCh: 2012 – Elim. 3rd Rd (Youth)