'A f***ing disgrace to sport': Paddy Barnes goes on the warpath after Michael Conlan's shock loss
Michael Conlan wasn't the only boxer who couldn't conceal his fury after his shock loss to Russian Vladimir Nikitin in the quarter-final of the bantamweight division at the Rio Olympics this afternoon.
Despite appearing to edge all three rounds, the London 2012 bronze medalist came out on the wrong side of a split decision, with Irish sports fans voicing their anger vociferously in the aftermath.
Irish boxing team captain Paddy Barnes was also quick to blast the sport's governing body, the AIBA, on Twitter, while Andy Lee and Matthew Macklin also questioned the judges scoring.
Barnes lost a similarly close decision in his first fight, but the manner of Conlan's defeat prompted some very strong words from the two-time Olympic bronze medalist.
@AIBA_Boxing your a fucking disgrace to sport!— Paddy Barnes (@paddyb_ireland) August 16, 2016
At least have balls and say he was robbed blind https://t.co/UGbyyND5b7— Paddy Barnes (@paddyb_ireland) August 16, 2016
Speechless— Andy Lee (@AndyLeeBoxing) August 16, 2016
If there's a condition beyond disgust & anger, I'm there & I'm just an armchair punter. Imagine how @mickconlan11 feels— eamon carr (@carrtogram) August 16, 2016
@AIBA_Boxing obviously fixed. What do you intend to do about it?— Joe Brolly (@JoeBrolly1993) August 16, 2016