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Saturday 18 November 2017

'Conlan was the victor, but only narrowly' - The international reaction to yesterday's fight was a bit different to Ireland's

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

While almost all of Ireland was outraged at the result of Michael Conlan's Olympic bantamweight quarter-final yesterday, coverage wasn't just limited to national media outlets.

With the Olympics being a truly global event, journalists and broadcasters from around the world were just as shocked and intrigued by yesterday's judging as Michael Conlan's most fervent fans.

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However, not everyone watching the fight agreed that the result was daylight robbery. The Guardian's report said that Conlan 'probably deserved' the decision while Jeff Powell of the Daily Mail thought the bout was even closer, while he also downplayed allegations that the fight was fixed.

"For my money Conlan was the victor, but only narrowly," Powell said.

"He opened himself up to the risk of this considerable upset by boxing most of the first round on the back foot against No 2 seed Vladimir Nikitin."

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A piece in Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo opened with the headline 'Michael Conlan explodes against judges: 'They are f***ing b******s'' before concluding with 'The elimination of the Irish pugilist has resulted in one of the most bitter criticisms that have been pronounced at the games."

The New Zealand Herald said that Conlan 'appeared to dominate the fight' while the Sydney Morning Herald used the exact same description.

German paper Bild went with the headline 'Boxer freaks out at the Olympics!'.

Writing in the New York Times, Ken Belson and Scott Blumenthal said that although 'Nikitin was awarded a unanimous decision, the public response to the verdict suggested that many observers believed Conlan should have won.'

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