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I'll conquer the world: Michael Conlan vows to be multi-weight world champion after Olympics controversy

By Jonny Bell

Michael Conlan said he will conquer the world after his controversial Olympics defeat.

The Belfast boxer was controversially dumped out of the Games in a quarter final defeat to the Russian Vladimir Nikitin.

Bantam weight Conlan described the defeat as sickening and that it had ended his dream of becoming an Olympic champion.

He also alleged that the judges were corrupt, something boxing officials at Rio denied.

Speaking to the BBC on Monday, the 24-year-old said he had overcome the sickening defeat.

"There is no point going over it," he said. "I still stick with what I said but I have to think of my next steps."

He said there should be an investigation into what happened in the Rio boxing arena.

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Conlan added: "They are denying [any corruption] but they have sacked seven judges and that would not have happened had I not spoke out about it and that speaks for itself.

"They have said it was nothing to do with me, but it obviously is.

"Nothing was going to be said, nothing was going to happen until someone spoke out.

"I've had bad decisions before and took it on the chin, this time I felt the need to stand up for future generations and put an end to it."

The boxer said that his decision to turn professional was "inevitable" but that his experience in Brazil had helped him make the jump sooner.

"I've plenty of offers on the table, the world's my oyster wherever I go I'll be successful.

"I'll be a multi-weight world champion and a happy man."

In the wake of Conlan's devastating defeat, a young fan offered him his own school sports day medal to try and compensate for the loss.

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And following the offer the two met up with the Olympic bronze medallist and five-year-old Finn McManus exchanging gifts.

"He was a great kid, full of enthusiasm," added Conlan.

"He was delighted I brought him boxing gloves. He had been asking for them for his birthday and didn't know I had them for him.

"He is a mad wee kid and they are a great family, nice people and it was nice to see him."

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