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The Disgusted Reaction To Michael Conlan’s Controversial Olympic Exit

DOHA, QATAR - OCTOBER 14: Michael Conlan of Ireland cposes with his gold medal after beating Murodjon Akhmadaliev of Uzbekistan in the final of the Men's Bantam Weight during the AIBA World Boxing Championships Doha 2015 at the Ali Bin Hamad Al-Attiya Arena on October 14, 2015 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Those who witnessed the robbery that was Michael Conlan’s ‘loss’ to Vladimir Nikitin in the bantamweight quarter-final of the Olympic boxing reacted with a level of disgust that matched that of Conlan’s interview immediately afterwards.

As part of our ‘Secret Olympian’ series in the run-up to the Rio games, Ireland’s Michael Conlan wrote on having to sacrifice and forgo a ‘normal life’ in order to dedicate himself to the sport of boxing.

“This game is my life. It is not for everybody and I understand that. To get to where I have got to, to become an Olympian, I have dedicated my life to the sport of boxing. It has made me who I am today. I have done the early mornings, I have done the late nights, I have given up things that young people my age take for granted in their lives.”

This dedication from Conlan makes his dramatic elimination from the 2016 Olympics all the more difficult to swallow for those who have supported him through thick and thin.

The unanimous decision loss the Belfast man suffered to Russia’s Vladimir Nikitin drew heavy criticism from all observers – Irish and neutral alike.

An understandably hurt Conlan put the AIBA on blast in speaking to RTÉ.

The reaction to the judging, which dubiously and questionably awarded the Russian both the first and third rounds follows a string of controversy-attracting decisions in the ring during these games.

A customary warning follows that some of these reactions feature sometimes strong and vulgar language.

Fellow Irishmen and boxing professionals such as Gary O’Sullivan and Matthew Macklin, having first-hand experience of what it takes to be a boxer, were particularly appalled.

The reaction outside Ireland echoed the sentiments of those within.

Sky Sports boxing duo Ed Robinson and pundit Glenn McCrory aired their shock.

Michael’s brother Jamie was understandably heartbroken at the decision.

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