Sunday 25 September 2016

Michael Conlan: 'AIBA can do whatever they want because they have no right to punish me'

Ciaran Gallagher

Published 25/08/2016 | 02:30

“It doesn’t bother me in the slightest, they can do whatever they want because they have no right to punish me after what they’ve done.
“It doesn’t bother me in the slightest, they can do whatever they want because they have no right to punish me after what they’ve done." Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Michael Conlan has no concerns about AIBA's threats to take disciplinary action against him as the two-time Olympian prepares to sign professional contracts in the coming weeks.

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Conlan launched a four-letter tirade against the International Boxing Association (AIBA) immediately after his contentious split-decision loss to Russia's Vladimir Nikitin in the 56kg bantamweight division quarter-final at the Rio Olympics last week.

AIBA president Dr Ching-Kuo Wu this week suggested that the governing body will take disciplinary action against Belfast's world bantamweight champion as a result of his outspoken post-fight interview. But Conlan dismissed AIBA's threats after landing in Dublin last night.

"It doesn't bother me in the slightest, they can do whatever they want because they have no right to punish me after what they've done.

"They can try to punish me, but I don't think it's going to be possible for them," said Conlan, who maintained that he will not box under AIBA again.

While the 24-year-old admitted that prior to Rio he had been considering the option of boxing in AIBA's APB pro competition, Conlan insisted that he will definitely turn pro in the coming weeks - although he does not expect to fight until the new year.

"I was thinking before Rio about the option of APB, but there's not a chance I'll be boxing under an AIBA banner ever again," he said. "For the minute, I'm just going to take some time off, go on holiday, enjoy life with my family. But I can't leave it too long to turn pro because I want to still be remembered (by the public). If I had have won gold, you probably would've been waiting a bit longer for my decision.

"I'll probably make it a bit quicker now, but I still don't see me fighting this year."

Irish Independent

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