Conlan strikes gold amid triumph and disaster in Doha
Published 15/10/2015 | 02:30
Michael Conlan survived a last-minute knock-down to win gold at the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Doha yesterday.
The Belfast boxer delivered on his promise to become the country's first Irish male world title holder but there was frustration for Michael O'Reilly who lost his Olympic box-off fight in a decision Irish coach Billy Walsh described as a "disgrace".
"Those judges need to go to Specsavers," said Walsh after O'Reilly lost on an unanimous 3-0 decision to Egyptian veteran Homas Abdin.
"No disrespect to the guy who beat him but O'Reilly boxed the head off him. Maybe it was pre-ordained. I watched the Egyptian's four fights en route to the box-off and I think he lost three of them.
"Nobody else qualified from Egypt or Africa for the Olympics in Doha. The young lad is absolutely devastated."
Conlan, however, was delighted to deliver on his prediction that he would go all the way.
"You can call me the (Conor) McGregor of boxing. I predict everything I do and I'm coming through successful," beamed Conlan.