Yuri Arbachakov

Division Country Year Inducted Born Height Weight
Fly Kemerovo Oblast, Russia 2011 October 26, 1966 1.63 m – kg
Stats Total Fights: 24 Wins: 23
Wins by K.O.: 15 Losses: 1

Complete Bio

Trainers: Alexander Zimin

Manager:Masaki Kanehira

Amateur Career:

Arbachakov was an amateur boxing star in the Soviet Union. He won both world and European amateur

championships during his amateur career, and lost only 21 of 186 amateur fights.

Professional boxing career

Arbachakov emigrated to Japan as part of the perestroika program, along with Orzubek Nazarov. He trained with the

Kyoei boxing gym, and fought almost all of his fights in Japan. He made his professional debut in February, 1990,

under the name “Yuri Chakov”, in the bantamweight division. In 1991, his gym changed his ring name to “Yuri

Ebihara,” (after former world champion Hiroyuki Ebihara) and in July of that year, he won the Japanese flyweight

title in his seventh professional bout, by 1st round knockout. He defended the title once before returning it.

In June, 1992, he challenged Muangchai Kittikasem for the WBC and Lineal flyweight titles, and won by 8th round

knockout. He would go on to defend his titles nine times over five years.

After winning the world titles, he took out “Ebihara” from his ring name, and began fighting as “Yuri Arbachakov.” He

made this change because “Ebi” closely resembles the Russian word for “Fuck.”

In August, 1996, he made his 9th defense by 8th round KO, but injured his right hand during the fight. The injury

forced him into a long period of inactivity.

His 10th defense was scheduled for November, 1997, over a year since his last fight. Chatchai Sasakul had become

the WBC flyweight interim champion during Arbachakov’s inactivity, and the two had previously fought in

September, 1995, with Arbachakov emerging victorious by decision. However, Sasakul won the rematch by 12 round

decision, and Arbachakov announced his retirement after the fight. His professional record was 23-1-0 (16KOs).

Factoids

As an amateur Arbachakov won Gold Medals in the 1989 Soviet, European, and World championships and had a

record of 165-21.

First ever Russian champion in professional boxing. One of the first Russian professional fighters.

An amateur boxing tournament named after him is held annually in the Russian city of Kemerovo in Southwestern

Siberia, nearby to where he was born.

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