Friday 19 January 2018

Americans' suspension leaves Conlan's WSB future in doubt

BOXING: Michael Conlan's involvement with the USA for the forthcoming World Series of Boxing season is in doubt after the International Boxing Association (AIBA) suspended the Americans.

Belfast flyweight Conlan, a bronze medal winner for Ireland at the London 2012 Olympics and ranked No 3 in the world, was drafted by the USA and is considering a contract offer.

However, all activities under the auspices of USA Boxing have been suspended with immediate effect for three months.

USA Boxing was sanctioned because of highly controversial comments attributed to its former president, Harold Adonis, in 'The New Yorker' magazine last May. Referring to a female boxer in the interview, he was quoted as saying: "Let me tell you a story about her. She was raped by a member of her family when she was a little girl. Half of our girls have been molested. Half of our girls are gay.

"When kids called me up I say, 'Let me ask you an honest question. Have your parents ever hit you?' If they say no, I tell them they don't belong in boxing."

AIBA directed USA Boxing to remove Adonis as president following the article, but he was allowed remain on the board following a vote.

Irish Independent

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