Vladimir Yengibaryan

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Vladimir Yengibaryan
Vladimir Yengibaryan 2010 post stamp.jpg
Yengibaryan on a 2010 Armenian stamp
Personal information
Born 24 April 1932
Yerevan, Armenia
Died 1 February 2013 (aged 80)
Los Angeles, United States
Height 164 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 63 kg (139 lb)
Sport Boxing
Club Trudovye Rezervy, Yerevan
2010 Armenian post stamp showing Yengibaryan.

Vladimir Yengibaryan (Armenian: Վլադիմիր Ենգիբարյան, 24 April 1932 – 1 February 2013) was an Armenian amateur light-welterweight boxer. He was an Olympic champion, three-time European champion and three-time Soviet champion. In 1956 he was named the Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR and awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labour. During his career he won 255 out of 267 bouts.[1][2]

Boxing career[edit]

"I know many talented Soviet fighters, but the best of them – Vladimir Yengibaryan. This standard boxing talent."
-Laszlo Papp[3]

Yengibaryan was born as a fourth child. He took up boxing in 1946, training in Yerevan first with Artyom Arutyunov and then with Edward Aristakesyan.[4]

Yengibaryan won a bronze medal in the bantamweight division at the 1951 Soviet Championships, and next year was included to the Soviet national team. He did not compete at the 1952 Summer Olympics due to an injury. Soviet Union debuted in the European Amateur Boxing Championships in 1953, where Yengibaryan won a gold medal in the lightweight division, becoming the first Soviet European champion in boxing. In 1954, Yengibaryan moved up to the light-welterweight division and remained at this weight. He won his first Soviet title in 1955 and would win it again in 1956 and 1958. Yengibaryan also won gold medals at the 1956 Olympics and 1957 and 1959 European Amateur Boxing Championships. He went to the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome as a favorite, but injured a shoulder in the tournament and lost in the quarterfinals to Marian Kasprzyk.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

Yengibaryan retired shortly after the 1960 Olympics and for more than three decades coached young boxers in Yerevan. He founded the Children and Youth Sport School, which now bears his name.[5] Yengibaryan later became an international judge and in the 1970s represented Soviet Union in the AIBA Referee Commission.[4] In 1992 he immigrated to the United States, where he worked as a boxing coach until his death.[1]


In his last years Yengibaryan was suffering from the Alzheimer's disease[6] which resulted in his death at the age 81. A memorial service was held for him on February 3 in Armenia.[7][8] The memorial ceremony for Yengibaryan took place at the Saint Sarkis Cathedral in Yerevan. The ceremony was attended by the Armenian Minister of Sport and President of National Olympic Committee. After the ceremony, an annual boxing tournament was dedicated to Yengibaryan.[9] Later upon the wish of Yengibaryan's daughter his body was buried in Armenia.[10][11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Vladimir Yengibaryan. Sports-Reference.com
  2. ^ Boris Khavin (1979). All about Olympic Games (in Russian) (2nd ed.). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. p. 545. 
  3. ^ Амшен и амшенские армяне (in Russian). noev-kovcheg.1gb.ru. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Владимир Енгибарян (in Russian). akter.kulichki.net. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Olympic Boxing Committee-Vladimir Yengibaryan box school (Yerevan)". wikimapia.org. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Profile in the Olympic Encyclopedia" (in Russian). slovari.yandex.ru. Retrieved 27 February 2008. 
  7. ^ ԱՄՆ-ում մահացել է Օլիմպիական չեմպիոն Վլադիմիր Ենգիբարյանը (in Armenian). PanArmenian.Net. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  8. ^ Մահացել է օլիմպիական չեմպիոն Վլադիմիր Ենգիբարյանը (in Armenian). sport.news.am. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  9. ^ Գագիկ Ծառուկյանի անվան ամենամյա մրցաշարն նվիրված կլինի Վլադիմիր Ենգիբարյանի հիշատակին (in Armenian). sport.news.am. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  10. ^ Վլադիմիր Ենգիբարյանի աճյունը կտեղափոխվի Հայաստան (in Armenian). sport.news.am. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  11. ^ Այսօր Վլադիմիր Ենգիբարյանի աճյունը կտեղափոխվի Երեւան (in Armenian). sport.news.am. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 

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