November 1, 2015 By admin

An Impressive Progress, Erik Bazinyan (interview)




by Leo Poroshin


In 2013, has announced that Erik Bazinyan is turning pro.  In just over two years, the talented 20-year old prospect has accomplished an impressive professional record, standing at a perfect 10-0 (with 7 of those wins coming via a knockout).  While continuing to follow Erik’s promising career and to cheer him on, takes a moment to catch up with Erik and ask him a few questions.


HyeFighters: First of all, congrats on your recent victory, on the 24th. How do you feel after win #10?

Erik Bazinyan: Thank you! I feel great, gotta work hard to continue the wins.

HyeFighters: When do you expect your next fight to take place?

EB: Maybe December 12.

HyeFighters: Your last bout was at super middleweight, if I’m not mistaken? Do you intend to stay at that?

EB: I am fighting at super middleweight, yes.

HyeFighters: What are your goals at the ring in the immediate future?

EB: My goal is one! To become world champion!

HyeFighters: Awesome to hear! Where do you live and train, and who is your coach?

EB: I live in Canada, Montreal.  My coach is Howard Grant, he’s a former Olympian (editor’s note: also, silver medalist at World Championship, coached Georges St.-Pierre).  And my second coach is Otis Grant, former WBO world champion.

HyeFighters: How long have you lived in Canada? Where are you originally from?

EB: I was born and lived in Armenia, Yerevan.  I moved to Canada when I was 16.  In 2011.  Now I’m 20 years old and it’s been 4 years that I lived in Canada

HyeFighters: How old were you when you first started boxing? What got you interested in it? Who were your first coaches?

EB: I was 13.  Artur Abraham.  And my first coaches wer Armen Hovhannisyan and Arman Harutyunyan, at Vladimir Yengibaryan boxing school.

HyeFighters: Does Montreal have a sizable Armenian community?

EB: Yes, Montreal has a big community, which is behind me at every fight.

HyeFighters: What hobbies/interests do you have outside of ring? What is your favorite Armenian food?

EB: One of my hobbies is travelling and shopping! My favorite food is Armenian BBQ.

HyeFighters: In addition to Arthur Abraham, who are some of your favorite Armenian fighters? How about others, who were your role models growing up?

EB: Artur and Vic.

HyeFighters: It’s noted that so far you won a majority of your fights by a knockout. Would you categorize yourself as primarily a puncher, or are there more weapons in your arsenal?

EB: I’m a technician. I’m a smart boxer, and at the same time I can hit pretty hard too.

HyeFighters: What music do you like listening to?

EB: I like to listen to deep house and hip hop.

HyeFighters: Is “Bzo” your nickname? If so, what does it mean?

EB: Bzo is my nickname since I’m 6 years old. It’s a shortcut of Bazinyan, my last name. They all know me as Bzo in Armenia

HyeFighters: Finally, any words for your fans out there?

EB: I wanna thank my fans for supporting me and showing love. wishes Erik the best, and hopes to see him achieve further triumphs in the ring soon.

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