After dedicating more than a decade to boxing, Arthur Biyarslanov has decided to bow out of Olympic boxing to transition into professional boxing. With a record of 98 amateur bouts (85-13), Arthur had been thinking about making the jump to the professional ranks since 2014, but had decided to persevere in order to gain more experience and reach the world’s largest competitions before the transition. After a great career as a representative of Team Canada, he is now ready to enter the next phase of his life.
Arthur took up boxing at the age of 13 and has been fully committed to his sport since winning his first Canadian title in 2011 and realizing how much potential he had for his chosen sport. Since then, the Chechen Wolf has cumulated five National titles and countless awards, and has represented Canada at every major Games, including three World Championships, two Continental Championships, Commonwealth Games, a gold medal at the 2015 Pan Am Games and a Top 16 at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. “Throughout the last years on the National Team, my best moment has to be the 2015 Pan American Games in my hometown of Toronto. We had a good training camp with the full team prior to the Games and everyone performed well. There was such a great team spirit and atmosphere.” mentioned Arthur when reflecting on his fondest memory with Boxing Canada.
Qualifying for these tournaments took a lot of hard work and training in the gym. “I have beaten Olympic and world medalists, I am now more than ready to turn pro.” In the future, he also wishes to open his own gym to give the opportunity to youths to live an active and healthy lifestyle, while giving back to the community. Moreover, besides his boxing aspirations, Arthur also plans on resuming his academic career to obtain his degree after putting his studies on hold to concentrate on his Olympic dream.
“I extend my heartfelt thanks to Arthur for his devotion throughout his years spent on the Canadian Youth and Elite National Team. Arthur occupied an important role among the team for a long time. He was the first male athlete since 1975 to win a gold medal at the Pan Am Games before becoming a member of the Canadian Olympic delegation in 2016.” says Daniel Trépanier, Boxing Canada High Performance Director. “I wish him much success in his new projects.”