The Belfast bantamweight, the reigning AIBA World Champion, outclassed his opponent across the three rounds, the first two especially, but still was adjudged to have lost on all three cards and was thus wrongfully denied a guaranteed bronze medal.
Immediately afterwards a furious Conlan rightly hit out at the decision and told RTÉ that “AIBA are cheats, they’re f*cking cheats.”
“I’ll never box for AIBA again, they’re cheating b*stards, they’re paying everybody.”
“I was here to win Olympic gold, my dreams been shattered now.”
“And these [AIBA]? They’re known for being cheats, and they’ll all be cheats.”
“Amateur boxing stinks, from the core right to the top.”
Conlan is now planning an assault on the pro game and promised that “y’know what? I’ve a big career ahead of me.”
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) August 16, 2016