The Belfast bantam was adjudged to have lost his bronze medal-guaranteeing clash with Vladimir Nikitin unanimously (28-29 x3) and was understandably furious in the immediate aftermath.
The 24 year old Irishman was supported by the near-entirety of the boxing community, but the AIBA refuted Conlan’s assertion that they are “cheating b*stards.”
A spokesperson for the much-maligned governing body this evening stated that “Michael is a current World champion and he came here with high expectations.”
“His disappointment is massive, we can all understand that.”
“It’s his personal judgment.”
“AIBA is striving for a fair, level-playing field. The idea is not to benefit one country towards another. These statements are foundless but he’s free to have his opinion.”