Arthur Biyarslanov won unanimously against Lithuanian Evaldas Petrauskas during the first preliminary round of the 2017 AIBA World Championships. His opponent, ranked 20th in the world, previously won a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the 60Kg division, but he was no match for the Chechen Wolf who dominated throughout all three rounds.
"I felt good in the ring today" said Arthur Biyarslanov after his convincing victory. "I had good movement, kept my distance and fought the way I had to in order to get the win."
Now in the Top 16 of the competition, the 64Kg Canadian boxer will step back into the ring on Sunday afternoon (August 27th). He will be facing Elvis Rodriguez from Dominican Republic, who's currently ranked 16th in the world and obtained a bye during the first round of the competition.
The two boxers were supposed to meet in semifinals at the 2017 Continental Championships, but the Dominican went on to claim silver as Arthur had to drop out of the tournament due to a pierced ear drum.
Go Arthur Go !
Following a Special Meeting of Members that took place on February 3rd, Boxing Canada approved unanimously a rule change regarding headgear.
Effective immediately, the new rule reads as follow:
For elite male open boxer, headgear will be mandatory for all sanctioned competitions in Canada with the exception of National Championships. During provincial championships, headgear will be mandatory until the final, where boxers will have the option. If boxers disagree during the final, headgear will prevail.
“We want to ease our Elite National boxers and prospects into competition without headgear.” said Pat Fiacco, Boxing Canada’s president. “This new rule allows us to protect our boxers from cuts leading up to the Canadian Championships while preparing them to box without headgear at the National and International levels. AIBA has given this option to national federations and many are adjusting their rules accordingly.”
More information regarding the rule change will be release on Tuesday February 7th, 2017.
Boxing Canada is proud to announce that the Olympic Qualifications will take place at the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Hotel in downtown Montreal from December 6th to the 10th.
A few steps away from our Boxing Canada offices, the bouts will take place over 5 days from Sunday to Thursday. The qualifications will offer the best in both men’s and women’s weight categories.
Also competing will be our Elite National Team. For the proven few, this competition might offer the opportunity to move on to the next phase of Olympic Games qualifications.
Youth & U24 teams to Puerto Rico
On August 26th to 30th our National Youth and U24 Teams competed in the 3rd Wilfredo Gomez Tournament in Puerto Rico.
In the U24, 91kg category, Evangelos Frangos finished 1st. Bianca Paquin excelled over her adversary and also came away a with a victory in her final.
Other members Zachary Fleurant, 60kg and Wyatt Sanford, 64kg fell just short of podium finishes and performed well indeed.
Arthur Biyarslanov leads Team Canada to Continentals
By Raquel Ruiz