MILLIONS is using the Personal Video feature to connect with our athletes and we asked Canadian boxer Arthur Biyarslanov five questions and he responded using a short form ask me anything video.
Here are those questions and his answers:
MILLIONS: You’re coming off another win a couple weeks ago, who do you hope to face in your next big fight and when will that be?
Biyarslanov: You know, I want to of course fight top rated guys and to do that, I need to first get to that rating. So, I want to fight better opponents, stronger guys to earn my respect and to climb that rating. So next fight is going to be more serious, a better opponent and it's most likely going to be in March or April.
MILLIONS: How has COVID impacted training?
Biyarslanov: COVID, you know, I think it impacted everyone in one way or another. For us, it was a bit difficult with sparring because of the sparring, people didn't want to -- because of the COVID people didn't want to come sparring for safety reasons and some gyms were closed. So it was very difficult at some parts, but we're professional athletes and we found ways to keep the training going and to train hard.
MILLIONS: Do you only train in boxing, or do you also train in other mixed martial arts? If you train in other MMA do you ever see yourself expanding into the world of mixed martial arts?
Biyarslanov: You know, I used to do wrestling when I first started. My brother, I mean, we used to wrestle together all the time and I actually went to a wrestling league for like 2 or 3 months. So wrestling and boxing is kind of like in our blood from where we come from and we must know these sports. So of course I see myself in the future I think in mixed martial arts. Nowadays, everyone is going from boxing to MMA or MMA to boxing and it's a big hype right now and everyone enjoys it I guess. I do see myself maybe in the future trying mixed martial arts. Most of it is a stand up anyways. I would have to work on my groundwork and then we'll see.
MILLIONS: Your nickname is the Chechen Wolf, why is that region of the world producing so many great fighters?
Biyarslanov: In all the Caucasian region, the first thing to teach you is to self-defend and for that we do wrestling and boxing and those are the two main sports and everyone knows how to fight there for self-defence. And you know that part of the region has been through so many hardships and that's what keeps them strong and I guess with the sport wrestling and boxing growing up, I am always training and doing these things, I guess that's why because they start from a very young age.
MILLIONS: How do you like to celebrate your victories?
Biyarslanov: To be honest, I don't do anything special after the fight. I don't do anything special. I just like to spend time with my family. I'm a family person. I see my family, eat with my family, see my friends, talk to people that support me and that's it. Yeah, that's pretty much it. I hope I answered all your questions, Shane. Thank you again for asking. Take care.
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