Arthur Biyarslanov wins unanimously his opening bout at the 2017 AIBA World Championships

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. 

For all the information pertaining to the 2017 AIBA World Championships, you can visit our Event Web page, our Facebook page or our Twitter Account. All bouts are available on live streaming.

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.




Olympic Qualifier | Montreal

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.

Wilfredo Gomez | Puerto Rico

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.

AMBC Continental’s men championships | Venezuela

Arthur Biyarslanov leads Team Canada to Continentals
By Raquel Ruiz


Two weeks after Boxing Canada had their most brilliant performance in the history of the Pan American Games, wining 3 gold medals and 3 bronze, our male boxers are preparing for another milestone on the road to Rio 2016.
During the week of August 17th to 23rd in Venezuela, the American Boxing Confederation will host the 2015 AMBC American Confederation Boxing Championships at the Domo Jose Maria Vargas, just outside Caracas. Twenty countries and 126 boxers have registered to compete in this tournament that will feature many familiar faces from the top-notch field at the Pan American Games in Toronto.
Leading Team Canada is our young gold medalist, 64kg Arthur Biyarslanov, who went into the competition in Toronto as a podium favorite but was an underdog against the defending champion, Cuba’s Yasnier Toledo. The “Chechen Wolf” imposed his will on Toledo in their finals showdown, forcing him to box Biyarslanov’s fight. Now that Biyarslanov has seized the top position in his weight division in the Americas, he carries a lot of weight on his 20-year-old shoulders. He manages these raised expectations, he says, by training even harder.“My goal is to qualify for the Olympics, and it will start with the Continentals,” said Biyarslanov, who believes winning gold in Toronto demonstrated that he is one of the best boxers in the world and can compete with anybody. Although his golden status has given him lots of visibility and a tight schedule of speaking engagements, life continues the same. “Just training and training,” said the promising prospect.
Biyarslanov’s teammates accompanying him to Venezuela are 60kg Lucas Bahdi, 69kg Sasan Haghighat-Joo, 75kg Clovis Drolet and 91+ kg Simon Kean. After suffering a loss at the Pan Am Qualifiers in Tijuana, Bahdi said that he has learned a lot about himself. The 21-year-old from Ontario watched most of the bouts in Toronto, paying close attention to the lightweight division to develop his strategy for Venezuela. “I feel confident going to Continentals. I know who my opponents will be, and I know I can beat them,” said Bahdi, who has been sharpening his defense as well as his offense.
Another of Boxing Canada’s young prospects, 69kg Sasan Haghighat-Joo, lost a split decision in Toronto against the current Continental Champion, Brazilian Roberto Custodio. Haghighat-Joo had his major international debut during the Pan American Games and left no one with doubts about his potential, fighting a great bout despite the loss and demonstrating in no uncertain terms that he belongs on the international stage. “I’m ready to win Continentals and show what I’m made of,” said the British-Columbian boxer, who will turn 20 at the end of August.
Another team member, 75kg Clovis Drolet, who lost in his preliminary Pan Am bout by split decision against Costa Rican, Jason Ramirez, has been training very hard and is ready to earn a spot at the World Championships in Doha.
Team Canada’s 91+ kg Olympian Simon Kean, who lost in Toronto by split decision to USA’s Cam Awesome, is also looking to get revenge in Venezuela and qualify for the Worlds.
The top five finishers in each weight class at the 2015 AMBC American Confederation Boxing Championships will advance to Doha, Qatar in October.
“The Continentals in Venezuela will be a tough competition, especially so close after the Pan Am Games. We have a very good chance to qualify all five members of the team,” said Boxing Canada’s President Pat Fiacco.
The team will travel to Venezuela on August 15th with coaches, Daniel Trepanier, Kevin Howard and Benoit Gaudet.