Friday 2 December 2016

'AIBA are cheats...My dreams have been shattered' - Furious Michael Conlan out of Rio Games

Published 16/08/2016 | 16:06

Michael Conlan of Ireland following his Bantamweight Quarterfinal 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 Quarterfinal 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 has gone absolutely ballistic after seeing his Olympics dreams crash and burn following a highly controversial decision in his bantamweight quarter-final defeat to Vladimir Nikitin.

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The Belfast boxer was furious after he was adjudged to have lost the first and third rounds of his last eight contest this afternoon.

The result means that Ireland will return home from Olympics without a medal from the ring for the first time since 2004.

There were audible gasps from the crowd when the Russian's hand was raised in victory.

An emotional Conlan told RTE after the fight: "AIBA cheats, He f**king cheats. That's me, I'll never box for AIBA again, they're cheating bastards, they're paying everybody. I don't give a f**k for cursing on TV. That's the end of my olympic gold. My dream has been shattered now. I have a big career ahead of me. These ones are known for being cheats, they have always been cheats. Amateur boxing stinks from the core right to the top.

London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor went out in controversial circumstances yesterday to Finland's Mira Potkonen.

Conlan added: "Katie yesterday, I don't know why she lost that fight. It was a close fight but she didn't lose. Today, I thought I boxed the ears off him in the first round, and they ruled against me. I had to go to his fight, which I did , outfought him and they were just being a bit.

"It's a shambles to be honest. I don't even care what I say now. I'm gutted from the bottom of my heart. I wanted to go back  a gold medal to Ireland."

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