Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

Belfast boxed Michael Conlan takes bronze for Ireland

Michael Conlan, right, claimed Olympic bronze for Ireland
Michael Conlan, right, claimed Olympic bronze for Ireland

Irish boxer Michael Conlan had to settle for a bronze medal after losing his flyweight semi-final against Cuba's Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana.

Sixth-seed Conlan was already guaranteed a place on the podium having progressed to the last four and was taking on Carrazana for a place in Sunday's gold medal match.

But he slipped behind in the first round as his opponent went on the front foot and dominated proceedings.

Conlan lost all three rounds - 6-3 4-3 and 10-4 - and received a standing count early in the third.

Speaking after the bout, the Belfast fighter admitted he had been outperformed by a canny rival, who now has the chance to go gold against Mongolia's Tugstsogt Nyambayar.

"He was the best fighter of the night. His defence was great, he was a better man than me," said 20-year-old Conlan.

"He didn't punch that hard but he was just sharp in his attacks.

"I was wasting a lot of energy throwing punches. I should have been waiting for my time but I was a bit eager tonight going for a gold medal.

"We have amazing support back home, all great fans, so I'm sorry for letting them down but you'll see me in the future and I'll be a lot better."

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