Born in the Republic of Armenia, 21-year-old Erik Bazinyan began boxing six years ago, and quickly moved up the ranks in his native country. But before he became a fighter, he was involved in several sports, including karate and soccer, not to mention traditional Armenian dancing. Taught by his parents who were highly accomplished dancers in their homeland, Bazinyan credits his dancing skills as the reason why he is so graceful and fluid in the ring. Even a veteran boxer would be envious of Bazinyan’s precise and effortless footwork.
Growing up in Yerevan, Armenia’s Capital, Bazinyan became aware of Vic Darchinyan and Arthur Abraham, Armenian boxers who won world titles and earned millions in big matches in Germany and America. Inspired by friends who were already training in boxing gyms; Bazinyan expressed interest, but he had a hard time getting people to take him seriously.
Then, a big event in Yerevan, an amateur boxing tournament, Armenia vs Russia. They couldn’t get Bazinyan away from it. He watched every match he could, taking pictures and making videos.
“I fell in love,” says Bazinyan. “Like crazy.” He went home and told his family: “I’m going to box. I don’t care what anyone says. I’m going to be a boxer.”
Bazinyan’s grandfather took him to one of the city’s best boxing gyms, the one they called “The Boxing School,” started by the legendary Vladimir Yengibaryan, former Olympic gold medalist. There Bazinyan began training with intensity, developing a classic boxing style based on flawless technique. At first his parents didn’t want him to box, but their attitude changed when their son started bringing home trophies and gold medals from amateur tournaments.
But while Bazinyan was realizing success in the ring, his life was about to be turned upside down. His family decided to immigrate to Canada in order to prevent their son from having to serve for several years in the army. It was a huge change, but Bazinyan adapted quickly to Quebec culture and learned French and English in just a few months.
Since arriving in Canada at the age of 16, Bazinyan triumphed at a series of amateur tournaments, going on to win 109 amateur bouts against only one defeat before turning pro in 2013 with the guidance of trainer Howard Grant. Bazinyan credits his trainer with helping him further develop his ring style so he can compete successfully in the professional ranks.
“Howard has helped me a lot: defense, body punching, how to fight on the inside. Howard taught me so much.” Bazinyan is now a complete boxer in every sense and one of the most promising young talents in Canadian boxing.
With the help of both the Grant Brothers and Rixa Promotions, Bazinyan has built an outstanding professional record and after 13 straight wins he received the chance to fight for the World Junior WBO super middleweight title against German Aro Schwartz (11-1). The match was clearly the biggest test of Bazinyan’s career thus far but the young fighter rose to the occasion. Despite suffering a cut for the first time, young Bazinyan gave an outstanding performance, winning virtually every round on the judges’ scorecards.
The future is bright for Erik Bazinyan, who is becoming only more settled, focused and mature. Now officially a Canadian citizen and engaged to be married later this year, Bazinyan moves forward with confidence knowing that Rixa Promotions, in collaboration with Groupe Yvon Michel, have a specific plan that will make Bazinyan not just a champion, but a new star in the boxing world. Montreal boxing fans have a unique opportunity to follow closely the rise of young Erik Bazinyan.