Monday 23 January 2017

Michael Conlan: 'The only thing we have that matters is family'

Published 17/08/2016 | 08:20

Yesterday is already being described as one of Irish boxing's darkest days but now bantamweight Michael Conlan will have to somehow put the disappointment of unjustly losing to Russian Vladimir Nikitin in the Olympic quarter-finals behind him as decides his future.

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It is widely believed that Conlan has fought for the last time as an amateur, with the London 2012 bronze medalist expected to turn professional after yesterday's defeat.

But although the fighter will leave Olympic boxing behind, it might take him a while to recover from the manner of his quarter-final loss. Conlan gave a highly emotional interview to RTE straight after the bout but appeared to have cooled down somewhat by nightfall, judging by this photo shared on his Twitter account.

The world champion put on a brave face as he told his followers that 'the only thing we have that matters is family' as he looks to park the crushing despair of his controversial Olympic exit.

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