Next Round: A Young Athlete's Journey to Gold

Next Round: A Young Athlete's Journey to Gold

by John Spray

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Overview

Arthur Biyarslanov’s journey to competitive boxing has not been easy. As a small child he fled Chechnya with his family, dodging bullets and rocket fire and fording a freezing river. As a young Muslim refugee he faced hardships and hostility in his new homes in Azerbaijan and Toronto. Soccer became his refuge, and he learned two languages by playing the game with his new friends. In Toronto, he joined a league and quickly became their star player. A broken leg left him weakened and he turned to boxing to keep his strength up. Soon it became his new love. After many hours of hard work, he started to win his bouts. And by the age of twenty the “Chechen Wolf” was a champion amateur boxer, winning gold for Canada, his new homeland, at the 2015 Pan Am Games. That medal earned him a shot at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro—the next round for this talented boxer and determined survivor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781772780017
Publisher: Pajama Press
Publication date: 07/15/2016
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

John Spray grew up in the Midwest and spent years as a successful amateur boxer, gym rat and boxing fanatic. He has been a Private Investigator in Toronto for forty years and is the owner and founder of Mantis Investigation. John also sponsors the annual John Spray Mystery Award for excellence in mystery writing for children.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1.................................................7

CHAPTER 2............................................... 14

CHAPTER 3............................................... 20

CHAPTER 4............................................... 27

CHAPTER 5............................................... 35

CHAPTER 6............................................... 42

CHAPTER 7............................................... 51

CHAPTER 8............................................... 58

CHAPTER 9............................................... 63

CHAPTER 10.............................................. 73

CHAPTER 11.............................................. 82

CHAPTER 12.............................................. 91

GLOSSARY............................................... 101

SOCCER TERMS.................................... 101

BOXING TERMS.................................... 102

INDEX..................................................... 104

What People are Saying About This

CBC Television Ron MacLean

This is a book by John Spray on Arthur Biyarslanov and it's about the next round, ironically....This book chronicles the story of him coming from Chechnya via Azerbaijan and to Halifax in 2005 where the family was met by the refugee relocation committee of the UN, put up for 5 days there and ultimately on to Toronto. A decade later, a gold medallist at the Pan American Games and now the 21year old has designs on a championship here in Rio.

The DO Boxing Show Dameon Okposio

[Next Round is] a good read, approximately 104 pages in total. It’s got very sharp black and white pictures with a brilliant, colour photo-essay in the middle... It tells you a lot about Arthur, who’s very charismatic, but also a quiet kind of guy who works extremely hard… As we all know, there’s not much coverage of Canadian athletes, much less Canadian boxers, so I think this book is a brilliant, brilliant play…good on you John Spray, good on you Arthur Biyarslanov…This book is a great promotional item and a fantastic idea.

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