Biyarslanov suffers split defeat at AIBA World Championships

Biyarslanov suffers split defeat at AIBA World Championships

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A second-round defeat was not exactly what Canada’s Arthur Biyarslanov had in mind.

The Russian-born Canadian entered the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Hamburg with golden aspirations, but instead was forced to settle for an early round exit.

On August 27, Biyarslanov lost his second-round fight to seventh-ranked Elvis Rodriguez, who received a first-round bye. The scorecards read 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 in favour of Rodriguez, with two scorecards reading 29-28 and 29-28 in favour of Biyarslanov, meaning Biyarslanov lost 3-2.

The 22-year-old dominated his first-round fight, winning on scorecards of 30-27, 30-27, 29-28, 30-27 and 30-24 over Lithuania’s Evaldas Petrauskas.

Biyarslanov was Canada’s only entrant in the 2017 world championships in what some are speculating could be the end of his amateur career. It’s believed that he has professional boxing aspirations in the near future, likely to sign with one of Montreal’s famed promoters in the near future.

“The Chechen Wolf” was a bronze medalist at the 2015 AIBA Confederation Boxing Championships and a gold medalist at the 2015 Pan American games in his home province of Ontario.

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