“Good luck trying to get it.”
This was the message that Conor McGregor sent to the Nevada Athletic Commission(NAC) during an interview with Rolling Stone back in October. The Irishman had just been landed with a hefty fine by the NAC for his part in a press conference fracas in the lead up to August’s UFC 202 event, but he seemingly had no intention of paying it.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to hear Michael Conlan echo those sentiments today, in the wake of the International Boxing Association’s(AIBA) decision to hit him with a fine of 10,000 Swiss francs, or €9,300, for the now infamous outburst that followed his controversial exit from the Rio Olympic boxing tournament at the hands of Vladimir Nikitin, or rather, in the eyes of most, the AIBA judges.
— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) August 16, 2016
The fine represents the maximum that the AIBA can impose.
With the Belfast boxer now signed to Bob Arum’s Top Rank promotional stable and scheduled to make his professional debut in New York next March, it seems highly unlikely that the AIBA will receive the sum. According to the Irish Independent, official’s from the amateur game’s world governing body “reluctantly agree” that this is indeed the case.