Friday 23 March 2018

Michael Conlan shows his true class as he turns professional in honest Late Late Show interview

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

There was considerably less curses but Michael Conlan was just as compelling as he returned to our TV screens tonight.

The bantamweight boxer famously scorched the earth after his controversial Olympic quarter-final loss, claiming that AIBA, the sport's governing body, is corrupt.

Conlan has cooled off considerably since his Rio exit, but told Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show tonight that although he 'cringes' when he watches his post-fight rant, he doesn't regret what he said.

"When I look back at that now I cringe because I did go a bit far," Conlan said.

"If I didn't go that far I probably would have been sitting here with regret because I spoke my mind and people saw what I felt. Some people - not many people - gave me a bit of stick but most people seemed to understand it.

"I don't regret what I said, I stick by what I said and it if happened again I would probably react the exact same way."

The Belfast boxer came across really well in his measured interview, confirming to Tubridy that he is turning professional.

One of Conlan's best quips was when he said that Russian Vladimir Nikitin, who was awarded the decision over Conlan, had a 'face like a mashed potato' when the fight was over.

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