In 1990 Artur “King Artur” Grigorian was a Gold Medalist at the Goodwill games in Seattle, WA, representing the Soviet Union. He defeated American Shane Mosley, 5-0 in the semi-final round and previously unbeaten Cuban Julio Gonzalez 3-2, in the final round.
In 1991 at the World Championships in Sydney, Australia, he defeated Spain’s Juan Carlos Saiz Segura 26-4, and again defeated Cuba’s Julio Gonzalez 15-12, South Korean’s Hong Sung-Sik 19-7 and Justin Rowsell of Australia 21-15 before losing in the finals to Marco Rudolph of Germany 19-14.
In 1993 in Tampere, Finland, at the World Championships as a light welterweight Grigorian representing Uzbekistan he defeated American Lupe Suazo but lost to Nordine Mouchi of France. He had a 361-23 amateur record.
Grigorian was an Armenian born in Uzbekistan. He turned pro in April of 1994 winning the vacant German International (BDB) Lightweight title in his fourth fight stopping Senturk Ozdemir, 11-4-3, who represented Turkey in the 1992 Olympics. He won eight fights in eight months that year.
In Gregorian’s eleventh fight he won the vacant WBO Inter-Continental title stopping German born Italy’s Antonio Strabello, 13-3, 8 rounds. It was just one of nine wins in 1995 including a defense of the WBO title stopping Mexican Angel Aldama, 26-9-1, in five rounds.
In April of 1996 Gregorian became a world champion winning the vacant WBO World Lightweight title defeating Puerto Rico’s Antonio “Tonito” Rivera, 34-9-2, over 12 rounds. In his second defense he defeated American Marty Jakubowski, 103-2, over 12 rounds.
In his next defense Grigorian stopped future WBA World champion Raul Horacio Balbi, 25-2, of Argentina, in the eleventh round. Two fights later in his fifth defense he defeated Marco Rudolph, 13-0, who he lost to in the 1994 World finals as an amateur. In his next defense he stopped Italian 1998 Olympian Giorgio Campanella, in 10 rounds.
In 1999 Grigorian knocked out American Michael Clark, 24-0, in five rounds in his eighth title defense. In next three defenses he scored stoppages in title defenses over Uruguay’s Wilson Enrique Galli, 28-3, Italian champ Sandro Casamonica, 23-2, and Hungary’s Zoltan Kalocsal, 29-4, fighting out of Germany for the first time in Budapest, Hungary. “I suffered three large blisters under my sole using new shoes,” said Grigorian.
In November of 2000 in his twelfth defense Grigorian defeated Colombia’s Antonio Pitalua, 30-1, out of Mexico. Two defenses later in June of 2001 he defeated Argentina’s Aldo Rios, 28-1, in Budapest, Hungary. The only loss previously for Rios was in a WBA World championship fight to American Stevie Johnston in 1999.
After stopping Mexican-American Rocky Martinez, 38-5-1, Grigorian won controversial bouts over Italy’s Stefano Zoff, 38-7-2, and Poland’s southpaw Matt “Boom Boom” Zegan, 24-0, by majority decision. The latter bout was Grigorian’s only bout in 2003 and his seventeenth title defense.
It would be almost a year to the day before Grigorian would fight again in making his US debut at the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, CT, against Brazil’s Acelino “Popo” Freitas, 34-0, losing for the first and only time over twelve rounds. He received a laceration above his right eye. Eight months later he would stop Romania’s Vasile “The Thunder” Herteg, 19-5, in four rounds.
Grigorian retired after this bout. Over four years later he came back at the age of 41 winning a six round decision in Hamburg, Germany, over Bulgaria’s Kirkor Kirkorov, 28-21. It would be his final fight ending up with a 38-1 record with twenty-three stoppages and seventeen successful title defenses.
After retirement Grigorian became a boxing trainer. He and his wife resided in Hamburg, Germany and have three daughters. He was trained by Fritz Sdunek who worked with over twenty world champions.
Grigorian and his manager Klaus-Peter Kohl were inducted into the IBHOF in 2018. He was trained by Fritz Sdunek who worked with many world champions.