Michael Conlan, a bantamweight from Ireland, lost his Olympic quarterfinal match to Vladimir Nikitin of Russia on Tuesday 29-28 on all three jugdes scorecards.
After the fight, Conlan went absolutely bonkers against AIBA, the governing body of Olympic boxing.
“They’re fucking cheats,” he said. “I’ll never box for AIBA again. They’re cheating bastards paying everybody.”
Check out the boxer’s diatribe below, via Irish network RTE, and the Irish website SportsJoe.ie:
“Fucking cheats” – Michael Conlan was understandably furious after being denied a second Olympic medal…https://t.co/mmgEZwq7D3
— SportsJOE.ie (@SportsJOEdotie) August 16, 2016
Here’s a choice excerpt:
I don’t give a fuck, I’m cursing on TV. My chance at Olympic gold is over. My dream’s been shattered, but you know what — I’ve got a big career ahead of me and these, they’re known for being cheats. They’ll always be cheats. Amateur boxing stinks, from the core right to the top.
The Guardian reported on allegations of AIBA corruption earlier this month.
One senior figure said there was “no doubt” some of the judges and referees in Rio “will be corrupted”. He alleged a group of referees get together before major championships to decide how to score certain bouts.
AIBA dismissed the allegations as “rumors.” But Conlan clearly isnt buying it.
“Obviously Russia can’t dope this time so they are obviously paying the judges a lot more,” he said.
[h/t SB Nation]
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