Boxing Canada’s President Pat Fiacco appointed as the Technical Delegate for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

AIBA is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Pat Fiacco, AIBA Executive Committee Member and Chairman of Technical & Rules Commission, as the Technical Delegate for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
AIBA has full confidence that his experience and knowledge of the sport of boxing will contribute to the great success of these Games.
(Source: AIBA website - February 9, 2018)
“I was very fortunate to participate in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games as Canada’s Referee and Judge. In 2012, I served as the Deputy Technical Delegate at the London Olympic Games. I would like express my sincerest gratitude to the AIBA leadership for this appointment. I have now been given the biggest responsibility of my boxing career, to serve as the Technical Delegate for the sport of Boxing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. This is the first time a Canadian will serve in this role. I am humbled and honoured and will ensure to demonstrate Canadian values expected of all Canadians. I will also make sure to proudly represent the entire AIBA Boxing family by not only my actions but by my entire Technical Officials.” mentions Pat Fiacco.
Previously, Pat Fiacco had been appointed as the Technical Delegate for many International Competitions, such as the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Quatar. He has also been a member of AIBA Referees & Judges Commission since 2011 before being appointed as Chairman of the Technical & Rules Commission in November 2017. Pat Fiacco was elected to AIBA's Executive Committee in 2014.

64Kg Arthur Biyarslanov finishes in the Top 16 at the 2017 AIBA World Championships

After three intense rounds, Arthur Biyarslanov came out on the wrong side of a close split decision against Dominican Elvis Rodriguez during the second round of preliminaries at the 2017 AIBA World Championships. Rodriguez came into the competition ranked 16th in the world and obtained a bye during the first round of the tournament. The two boxers were supposed to meet in semi finals at the Continental Championships earlier this year in Honduras, but the dual didn't occur as Arthur had to drop out of the tournament due to a pierced ear drum.


"I made the fight tough on myself." declared Arthur Biyarslanov. "After the first round, I was trying to land a punch before even thinking instead of staying composed and pick my shots. It was a close fight, but I unfortunately didn't get the result I was looking for. It's tough being the only athlete representing your country with a very small team."

This loss comes after a convincing victory against Lithuanian Evaldas Petrauskas during the first round of the competition. Arthur arrived at the competition in great shape and condition after a training camp in Kyrgyzstan and exits the 2017 edition of the World Championships in the Top 16 in the world! 

Congratulation Arthur!


For all the results, schedule and draw sheet, visit our Event Web page

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 !




64 Kg Arthur Biyarslanov qualified for the 2017 Men’s World Championships as he claimed the Bronze medal at the Continental Championships.






Day 1  

Day 2    

Day 3    

Day 4    

Day 5

Day 6 – semifinals

Day 7 – semifinals



Day 1     Session 1Ring A / Ring B // Session 2 Ring A / Ring B

Day 2    Session 3 Ring A / Ring B // Session 4 Ring A / Ring B

Day 3    Session 5 Ring A / Ring B // Session 6 Ring A / Ring B

Day 4    Session 7 Ring A / Ring B // Session 8 Ring A / Ring B

Day 5    Session 9 Ring A / Ring B // Session 10 Ring A / Ring B



49 Kg  //  52 Kg  //  56 Kg  //  60 Kg  //  64 Kg* //  69 Kg  //  75 Kg  //  81 Kg  //  91 Kg  //  91+ Kg


64 Kg Arthur Biyarslanov to represent Canada at AIBA’s 2017 World Championships

Following a strenuous qualification path, Arthur Biyarslanov will be the sole Canadian competing in the AIBA 2017 Men’s World Championships in Hamburg, Germany. Indeed, the qualification process for this competition states that all boxers must qualify through their respective Continental Championships for a chance to be crowned World Champion in their weight category.


Earlier this year, the AMBC Continentals in Honduras regrouped all weight categories for both men and women, but only the Top 6 male boxers per category were granted a pass for the Men’s World Championships. While all eight Canadian women stepped on the podium, Biyarslanov was the only men to win a medal and qualify for Hamburg 2017. Unfortunately, the southpaw boxer was forced to withdraw from the tournament after his victory against Joedison de Jesus Teixeira (BRA) in quarterfinals due to a pierced ear drum and had to settle for a bronze medal.


“I feel great! I have been training very hard and I’ve been in great hands this past year.” affirms Arthur Biyarslanov, commonly nicknamed the Chechen wolf. “I have gained a lot of experience since my last World Championships and God willing, I will win the Men’s Elite World Championships for the first time in Canadian boxing history.”
The 2017 World Championships will kick off on August 25th and promise to be bigger than ever, bringing together the best 279 boxers from 85 countries (up from 69 in Doha 2015) during nine days of intense competition. Moreover, 18 medalists from the Rio 2016 Olympics will be present, including silver medalist Lorenzo Sotomayor Collazo (AZE) to which Biyarslanov lost during his first bout at the 2015 edition of the World Championships.


“We are confident that Arthur will perform well in Hamburg.” mentions Daniel Trépanier, Boxing Canada’s High Performance Director. “He is currently our most experienced boxer on the National Team and his Olympic experience at Rio 2016 make him one of the favorites for the World Championships.”
The official draw is scheduled on August 24th and the competition will begin the following day. All information relating to the competition, such as draw sheets, schedule and results, will be updated throughout the championships on our Event Webpage and social media.



A great first experience at the Youth World Championships for our Canadian boxers

After 9 days of intense competition, the 2016 Youth World Championships came to a close on Saturday November 26th crowning eight nations in the 10 weight divisions. Regrouping 402 boxers from 70 countries, this major championship opposed the best youth boxers in the world and three Canadians took part in the competition. Although medals eluded them, our Canadian boxers have gained valuable experience as it was their first participation in a World Championship and only their 2nd international competition after the Youth Continental Championships in September 2016.


From left: Mark Collins, Lexson Mathieu, Luis Santana, Jake Daoust and Gordon Apolloni.
81 Kg Lexson Mathieu was the first Canadian to step into the ring on the second day of the competition. However, the gold medalist from the Youth Continental lost 1:4 by Finland’s representative. Despite his defeat, Lexson has gained a lot of insight from his experience. “This experience will change how I prepare for my bouts. When I stepped into the ring, I only had one game plan for this bout. The first round went very well, but afterward the referee gave me a lot of warning to keep my head up and I lost 2 points due to this. ” said the 81 Kg Canadian boxer. ” From now on, I will prepare more game plans prior to major tournaments.


75 Kg Jake Daoust obtained a bye in the first round of the preliminaries and entered the competition on Sunday November 20th against France. After a very close battle, it was a the French boxer who saw his hand raise with a 3:2 split decision. “The Youth World Championship has been a serious eye opener for me. I know what I have to work on in order to win gold and I’m going to train 10 times harder from now on. I have enjoyed watching all the bouts as these are the best youth boxers in the world.” said Jake, who despite his loss, remains optimistic about his boxing future. ” I am thankful as ever for my experience and excited to step it up.”


56 Kg Luis Santana came very close to the medals. After a bye in the first round of the competition, Luis started off the Championships against Afghanistan on Saturday November 19th. His unanimous victory enabled him to progress to the next round against Wales, where he once again claimed the victory with a 3:2 split decision. Progressing to the quarterfinals, Luis was only one bout away from winning a medal, but unfortunately his path came to an end when he was defeated by Australia with a unanimous decision. His great performance in Russia enabled him to reach the Top 8 Youth boxers in the world! “It was a great experience because it allowed me to see different boxing styles and to measure up against the top in the world. I can see my potential despite my defeat in quarterfinals.” Mentionned the 56 Kg Canadian boxer.


“Even though this was only their 2nd international competition, they all competed well with one boxer finishing in the Top 8. They realized the gap between them and the best in the World is not that big and they are all very determined to train harder and do what is necessary to reach the top levels.” says Mark Collins, Youth National team coach.


For more information regarding the draw, schedule and results, visit our EVENT WEB PAGE.


A victorious Luis Santana after his win against Wales. Photo Credit: AIBA


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DAY 1  //  DAY 2  //  DAY 3  //  DAY 4  //  DAY 5  //  DAY 6  //  DAY 7  // DAY 8  // FINALS



DAY 1 – Session 1A // Session 1B
DAY 2 – Session 2A // Session 2B // Session 3A // Session 3B
DAY 3 – Session 4A // Session 4B // Session 5A // Session 5B
DAY 4 – Session 6A // Session 6B // Session 7A // Session 7B
DAY 5 – Session 8A // Session 8B // Session 9A // Session 9B
DAY 6 – Session 10A // Session 10B // Session 11A // Session 11B
DAY 7 – Session 12A // Session 12B // Session 13A // Session 13B
DAY 8 – Session 1 // Session 1 
DAY 9 – Session 1  



52 Kg
56 Kg   (Luis Santana)
60 Kg
64 Kg
69 Kg
75 Kg   (Jake Daoust)
81 Kg   (Lexson Mathieu)
91 Kg




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Lexson Mathieu’s profile – An overview before the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships

Club Centre de Boxe Empire (Empire Académie)
Coach François (Frank) Duguay
Date of birth April 14, 1999
Birthplace Montreal
Hometown Quebec
Height 178cm
Weight category 81 kg



Lexson comes from a family of athletes. Indeed, both his parents practiced combat sports (his father was a boxer) and that’s where his “fighting” mentality comes from. From a young age, Lexson practiced taekwondono. However, when he wasn’t winning, he was being disqualified for using too much force while hitting the body, which influenced his transition towards boxing. When Taekwondo no longer represented a challenge, his parents decided to sign him up in a sport where he would be able to use his strenght and be in a contact sport. At the age of 10-11, Lexson became a boxer.


Lexson’s coach doesn’t recall having trained an athlete with such talent at a young age. According to him, his main skills are his strenght as well as his ability to adapt in the ring. Indeed, he is able to assimilate information right away without having to wait for directions between rounds.


As for his boxing career, Lexson hopes to win the Youth World Boxing Championships in Russia (November 2016) and then aim for the gold medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. the 2019 Pan Am Games and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. He would then probably transition into professionnal boxing as he would love to make a living from his sport. His nickname, ”The Next”, reglects his winning attitude as well as his goals that set for himself at a young age.


In addition to his boxing training, Lexson is also in school to obtain his High School diploma.


Nickname “The Next”
Favorite music  Hip Hop
Favorite movie Fight Club
Typical pre-bout meal Chocolat ad banana crepes
Other hobbies  Spend time with my family
Place you’d life to visit in your life Japan
Life and career objectives I would like to attain the following objectives:
  • Champion of the 2016 Youth World Boxing Championships
  • Gold medalist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games
  • Gold medalist at the 2019 PanAm Games
  • Gold medalist at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
  • Pursue a professionnel career

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Three Canadian boxers are heading to the 2016 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championship

Boxing Canada is proud to announce the boxers who will attend the 2016 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championship in St-Petersburg, Russia. Organized by AIBA, the competition will take place from November 14th -27th. Three boxers will be representing Canada on an International level:


56 kg     Luis Santana (QC)

75 kg     Jake Daoust (ON)

81 kg     Lexson Mathieu (QC)


This major tournament will be the first World Championship participation for our young boxers and it will be a great opportunity for them to acquire experience at the start of the new Olympic cycle. The selection of the boxers has been based on multiple factors, such as their performances at the 2016 Continental Championship and at the last edition of the national championships, the results from their physical tests conducted on July 17th as well as their pathway towards High performance. Their team leadership and spirit as well as their ability to perform under pressure were also taken into account for the selection.


Based on the evaluated criteria, Luis Santana, Jake Daoust and Lexson Mathieu distinguished themselves with their maturity and their advances development pathway. “We are confident with the selected boxers. Although our Youth national team comprise many hopes for the future, many need to make some boxing adjustments after their defeats at the Continental Championship.” said Daniel Trépanier, Boxing Canada’s high performance director. ” The three selected boxers have proven that they are ready, physically and mentally, to face adversity and the high caliber that will definitely be present at the Youth World Championship.”


Throughout the championship, you will be able to follow our athlete’s progression on our webpage and our social media outlets as information will be updated daily.






5 – 0 at the Women’s World Championships : A first for Canada

Two days into the competition, our Canadian boxers are shinning in all their glory at the 2016 Women’s World Championships in Astana. With a perfect score of 5 victories out of 5 bouts, it is a first in Boxing Canada’s history,

Caroline Veyre was the first to break the ice with a spectacular victory of 3-0 against Martina Schmoranzova (CZE). The 60 Kg Canadian representative can still qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games. She will need to finish in the Top 4 in order to punch her ticket for Rio.

Caroline Veyre

The second day was just as exciting, from start to finish. Erica Adjei (54 Kg) kicked off session 3 with a victory of 2-1 against Mariem Homrani (TUN). A few bouts later, the Quebec boxers Sabrina Aubin (57 Kg ) and Sara Kali (64 Kg) respectively claimed a victory with the score of 2-0 and a TKO in 1st round. To conclude this historical debut, Ariane Fortin (75 Kg) convincingly won her bout 3-0 against Shunhyeong Kim (KOR).

Sara Kali

It is the first time that Boxing Canada obtains similar results during this major competition. ”We are very pleased with the great start with 5 out of 5 wins in the first 2 days of the world championships. We know this is going to be a tough tournament and the team has prepared for that.” claimed Pat Fiacco, president of Boxing Canada. Three boxers have yet to make their first appearance in the ring. Kim Clavel (48 Kg), Mandy Bujold (51 Kg) and Alison Greey (81 Kg) are scheduled to make their debut over the weekend. Caroline Veyre will also be on Saturday’s card as she will face Maja Saric (CRO) during the second round of preliminaries.

Sabrina Aubin

In order to follow our Canadian athletes’ journey, follow our Facebook Page, our Twitter Account as well as our webpage for the event.


Best of luck to all our boxers !