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