An investigation into boxing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro has reportedly found Michael Conlan's bantamweight quarter-final defeat to Vladimir Nikitin to be suspicious, and one of up to 10 where bout manipulation is likely to have taken place.
Conlan controversially lost a split decision to the Russian, denying him a place in the semi-final and also a guaranteed medal. There was a widespread belief after the fight that Belfast boxer should have been awarded the win.
According to the Guardian, a report by Richard McClaren - the details of which will become public on Thursday - lists Conlan's loss as being the subject of suspicious judging.
16 August 2016; Michael Conlan of Ireland following his Bantamweight Quarter final defeat to Vladimir Nikitin of Russia at the Riocentro Pavillion 6 Arena during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
"AIBA are cheats," an enraged Conlan told RTÉ after that fight.
"They're fuckin' cheats. I'll never box for AIBA again, they're cheating bastards, they're paying everybody. I came here to win Olympic gold. My dream has been shattered now.
"Amateur boxing stinks from the core right to the top.
"I thought I boxed the ears off him in the first round, and the score went against me."
AIBA was subsequently stripped of the right to host boxing at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
— Michael Conlan (@mickconlan11) September 29, 2021
"Wow, shock horror! @Olympics can you post me my medal now?" Conlan tweeted on Wednesday upon the breaking of the news.
Conlan defeated Nikitin by unanimous decision in a professional bout at Madison Square Garden in December 2019.
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