Wednesday 22 February 2017

Devastated Olympian Michael Conlan responds to touching letter from five year old fan who offered him school medal

Published 17/08/2016 | 15:42

Boxer Michael Conlan responded to a letter from a five-year-old fan
Boxer Michael Conlan responded to a letter from a five-year-old fan

Boxer Michael Conlan has responded to a heart-warming letter from a five-year-old fan who offered to gift the athlete with his school medal following yesterday’s controversial loss in Rio.

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After watching the bantamweight’s fight, Finn McManus (5) from Swords penned a note to his hero in which he stressed he was a winner.

A letter written by Finn McManus to boxer Michael Conlan
A letter written by Finn McManus to boxer Michael Conlan

“I saw your fight in Rio and you should have won,” the letter read.

“You are the best boxer in the world. I want you to have my school medal because you are a winner,” Finn wrote in the note.

The child’s touching gesture has been shared thousands of times online, and the boxer is now hoping to get in touch with the five-year-old to thank him for his “warming message”.

“Very warming message from this young lad. If anyone knows who he is, could they please tell him I have a gift for him,” said Michael on Twitter.

Speaking to Independent.ie, Finn’s mum Maeve said the boxing enthusiast was left enraged after he watched Michael’s controversial defeat at the Olympic Games yesterday.

“He wasn’t upset, he was very angry after it. He told his sister Lily he’d like to write a letter to Michael and she helped him do that.

“My brother in Chicago thought the letter was funny and tweeted it out and it’s been a bit of a storm since. Michael has replied on Twitter, which was lovely of him,” she said.

Following yesterday’s disappointment, the world champion put on a brave face and told his followers that ‘the only thing we have that matters is family’, sharing a photo with his daughter Luisne and his fiancée Shauna.

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