Eye of the Tiger is chuffed to bits to be beefing up its crew with a couple of proper bruisers. We’ve got Arthur Biyarslanov, the top dog super-lightweight from around here with a clean slate of 13-0, 11 by knockout, and Shamil Khataev, who’s got a record of 12-0, 3 knockouts, and just so happens to be Imam Khataev’s kid brother.
Arthur’s sitting pretty at number 3 in Canada for the 140 lb lot according to BoxRec, and he’s not just all talk. The lad’s got a hunger for winning that just won’t quit. With a hefty amateur record and having scrapped his way to victory across Canada, the US, and even the posh parts of the United Arab Emirates, he’s not just a flash in the pan. The bloke’s grafting hard to make a name for himself on the global stage.
Arthur’s over the moon about joining the EOTTM mob. He’s been to a fair few of their dos and reckons the way they back their boxers and put on a show is top-notch. Had a chinwag with Camille and got nothing but good vibes, knew it was only a matter of time before he’d be flying the EOTTM flag. He’s also chuffed to bits about getting a warm welcome and is buzzing to throw down more often in his own backyard of Montreal.
Then there’s Shamil, who’s been throwing punches with his brother Imam since they were nipper. With more than 300 amateur bouts under his belt and a knack for outlasting anyone daft enough to step in the ring with him, he’s made a splash in the middleweight division. Turning pro back in 2019, he’s been on a tear, bagging the WBC Asian belt and elbowing his way into the top 20 middleweights worldwide, according to BoxRec. The lad’s got big dreams and needed a squad that could keep pace.
Shamil’s seen the magic EOTTM worked for his brother Imam, getting him three scraps in a few months, including a bash for the NABF title. Wasn’t a tough decision for him to sign on the dotted line with EOTTM to keep his pro career on the up and up. He’s betting the house on him and his brother being an unstoppable duo.
EOTTM’s big cheese, Antonin Decarie, reckons both Arthur and Shamil are the bee’s knees. With their smashing amateur careers and spotless pro records, they’re exactly what EOTTM’s all about – hard graft, dedication, and sky-high ambition. He’s dead set on giving them all the backup they need to climb to the top of the pile and grab those world titles.