The Azeri Franchise are backed by Gilan Holding. The Azeri Franchise, performed spectacularly in the regular season in 2012/2013, only tasting defeat in week nine in an unexpected 5-0 drubbing to Mexico Guerreros. The Azerbaijan team were only just beaten (6-4) in the quarter-finals by eventual runners-up Ukraine Otamans. They have also let it be known that they are relishing the prospect being part of the same group next year as Cuba, defending champions Astana Arlans and the dangerous Mexico Guerreros team. The Fires are always up for a battle and they are happiest when fighting the best.
Talibov was born on 2 February in 1960 in Russia, Dagestan, and began boxing at the age of 11. In 1983, he graduated from the Volgograd Institute with a diploma in physical education which specialized in the science of coaching boxing. He then started his career as coach at the age of 23, right after graduating. Talibov is now vastly experienced, having been the National Russian Boxing team coach for several years now. He was a personal coach of Arthur Beterbiyev (AIBA World Champion Milan 2009) and Albert Selimov (AIBA World Champion Chicago 2007).