'Up the Ra' chants at Michael Conlan's New York fight anger viewers
Belfast boxer Michael Conlan has been heavily criticised after walking out to his latest fight to chants referencing the IRA.
The Top Rank fighter eased to a wide points win at Madison Square Garden in New York on St Patrick's Day against Ruben Garcia Hernandez, however his choice of entrance music left many speechless.
Michael Conlan made his way to the ring to The Wolfe Tones track "Celtic Symphony", which included the line "ooh ah up the Ra".
— Fightful Wrestling (@FightfulWrestle) March 18, 2019
Finn Balor supporting Michael Conlan pic.twitter.com/DbdtQ5lUv2
Footage from the fight shows scores of fans joining in the chant, however many Northern Ireland viewers took to social media to voice their displeasure over the incident.
One user branded it "absolutely disgusting", while another called it a "disgrace".
— Alistair Sargent (@AllyS_1988) March 18, 2019
Ring walking to 'Ooh Ahh up the RA'. An absolute disgrace from Mick Conlan https://t.co/sM5zV8PD0C
Belfast councillor Jule-Anne Corr-Johnston said: "Mick Conlons (sic) ring entrance is absent of class and redundant of leadership. He may go on to win belts and titles but today he’s lost hearts and minds. Disappointing."
DUP councillor Brian Kingston said: "Very disappointing that Michael Conlon (sic) does not follow the lead of many previous boxing and sporting heroes so that people can support him across the divide. Disgraceful that he has no regard for the victims of IRA terrorism."
Belfast Telegraph Digital