Boxing chief threatens Michael Conlan with punishment for "humiliating" Olympic judges 5 years ago

Boxing chief threatens Michael Conlan with punishment for "humiliating" Olympic judges

Consider all bridges well and truly burnt.

The chances of Michael Conlan fighting again in an AIBA-sanctioned event were already close to nil after his controversial defeat to Vladimir Nikitin in the Olympic bantamweight quarter-finals.

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His post-fight comments made his feelings clear on the International Boxing Association.

"They’re fucking cheats. That’s me. I’ll never box for AIBA again. They’re cheating bastards who are paying everybody," said the Belfast boxer in a memorable post-fight interview on RTÉ.

Immediately prior to stepping in front of that microphone, before getting out of the ring, a furious Conlan had stuck his middle fingers up at the judges in an image that would have been the most iconic Irish image of a difficult Olympic Games if it were not for a dawn raid on Pat Hickey's hotel room.

Well it seems that gesture of frustration from Conlan has landed him in hot water with AIBA president Ching-Kuo Wu, who described the actions as "totally unacceptable".

"You cannot humiliate people. They are officials. He put himself in a difficult position, I can tell you. A lot of disciplinary action will follow. You should show proper behaviour. If you are not happy about the result, you cannot humiliate in public our referee-judges," said Wu.

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Remember that one of those "referee-judges", namely the referee of the Conlan-Nikitin fight was sent home - Algeria's Kheira Sidi Yakoub among six officials to be removed from Rio roster following outcry over results involving Russian fighters.

However Wu insists that he will show "no mercy" to any corrupt officials, asking for evidence of any malfeasance.

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With yet more outcry on Sunday night following the defeat of Joe Joyce in the super heavyweight final, Wu moved to remind people that judging is subjective.

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"Zero tolerance. We don't hide anything. Any mistake, we correct immediately. That's our way."

So Conlan loses a controversial fight, claiming his coaches new a fix was in days in advance, his opponent is too badly injured to contest his semi-final and the referee is sent home.

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 02:  IOC executive board member Ching-kuo Wu poses at an IOC Executive board meeting ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Radisson Blu hotel on February 2, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

How do the AIBA move to "correct immediately"?

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By threatening Conlan with disciplinary action for sticking up his fingers at the judges.

Would you blame him for turning pro in the morning?

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