Club: Grants Rival TO
Coach: Alma Dosmatov
Date of birth: April 22nd, 1995
Birthplace: Makhachkala, Russia
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Height: 174cm (5’7″)
Weight category: 64 kg
RIO 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES | TOP 16
2016 CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS | GOLD
2015 PAN AM GAMES | GOLD
2015 – 2017 CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS | BRONZE
Born near the Chechen region of Russia, Arthur was four when his family left the war-torn area for Azerbaijan before arriving in Canada six years later in 2005, hoping for a better life and education. He began boxing at the young age of 13 years old. His older brother, who was already boxing, encouraged him to try it out as Arthur was always involved in fights. At first, he hated boxing. He wasn’t great and would continuously lose during sparring against more experienced boxers. His tough start demotivated him a lot, but he perseverd until his hard work paid off. After his victory at his first Canadian championships, he realized that he had the potential to go very far, which is why he stopped playing soccer to dedicate his time to boxing.
At age 17, the southpaw boxer represented Canada at the 2012 AIBA Youth World Championships where came just shy of advancing to the quarterfinals. Now a three-time Canadian champion, Arthur competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where he lost a split decision in the second round to defending champion Manoj Kumar from India. In 2013 he began training with Adrian Teodorescu who coached, among other greats, Lennox Lewis (Gold medalist at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games) and Mandy Bujold. Biyarslanov earned a major gold medal of his own at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, winning the welterweight title over Cuba’s Yasnier Toledo. He punched his ticket to Rio by winning the American Olympic Qualifiers in March 2016.
Beside his career as an athlete, Arthur also studied psychology at York University in 2014-2015. However he has now put his studies on hold in order to concentrate on his objectives, such as his participation in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In 5-10 years, he hopes to become world champion and make a living from his sport.
His life story is documented in the book Next Round: A Young Athlete’s Journey to Gold, which was published in July 2016 and is available online on Chapters and Amazon.
NICKNAME : ”The Chechen Wolf” and ”Borz” (wolf)
FAVORITE MOTTO : ”I hated every minute of training but said « Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. » ” – Muhammad Ali
FAVORITE MOVIES : Troy and Gladiateur
LIFE & CAREER OBJECTIVES : Become world champion and make a living from his sport
Posted on: 20/08/2015, by : admin