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Insult to injury: Now boxing chief accuses cheated Michael Conlan of humiliating judges

Now Olympic boxing chief accuses cheated Conlan of humiliating judges and vows to take action against him

By Graham Luney

Published 23/08/2016

Michael Conlan following his defeat to Vladimir Nikitin
Michael Conlan following his defeat to Vladimir Nikitin

Michael Conlan is reeling from yet another low blow after the most powerful man in amateur boxing said he would hit the Belfast fighter with disciplinary action.

After suffering a highly-controversial quarter-final loss to Vladimir Nikitin at the Rio Olympics, Conlan, with his feelings injured, showed his anger by giving the officials a double middle finger gesture and he also accused the International Boxing Association (AIBA), the governing body, of corruption.

The 24-year-old bantamweight felt he had been "robbed" of his Olympic dream and he branded AIBA "f****** cheats".

World champion Conlan said he was finished with the amateur game and will now consider offers to turn professional but AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu says the Commonwealth Games Gold medallist should be punished, adding there was "nothing wrong" with a similarly contentious outcome which saw Russia's Evgeny Tishchenko defeat Kazakhstan's Vassiliy Levit.

Wu said: "(Tishchenko) never said anything. (Levit) never said anything. They all accept the result. But (Conlan), he immediately showed his finger to the referee-judges.

"The IOC says this is totally unacceptable. You cannot humiliate people. They are officials. He put himself in a difficult position, I can tell you. A lot of disciplinary action will follow. You should show proper behaviour.

"If you are not happy about the result, you cannot humiliate in public our referee-judges. That has already drawn a lot of people's attention who want to punish him, so we are going to have a disciplinary commission for the case."

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