Friday 18 August 2017

'A f***ing disgrace to sport': Paddy Barnes goes on the warpath after Michael Conlan's shock loss

Michael Conlan of Ireland following his Bantamweight Quarter final defeat to Vladimir Nikitin of Russia at the Riocentro Pavillion 6 Arena during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Michael Conlan of Ireland following his Bantamweight Quarter final defeat to Vladimir Nikitin of Russia at the Riocentro Pavillion 6 Arena during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

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.









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