Ireland’s Michael Conlan lost to Russia’s Vladimir Nikitin in a bantamweight quarterfinal match at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday that many felt the Irishman should have won.
He then gave a fiery, expletive-filled interview to RTE blasting the judges and the Amateur International Boxing Association, calling them “cheating bastards.”
“AIBA are cheats,” he said. “F—ing cheats. As simple as that. That’s me, I’ll never box for AIBA again. They’re cheating bastards, they’re paying everybody.
“I was here to win Olympic gold. My dreams been shattered now. You know what, I’ve a big career ahead of me. And these ones (AIBA)? They’ve always been cheats. Amateur boxing stinks. From the core right to the top.
Warning: The above below contains strong language.
Incredible post fight interview by Michael Conlan after another robbery in the Rio Olympics! 👀 pic.twitter.com/Tf0rBNFrce
— Strictly Boxing Fans (@BoxingBritain1) August 16, 2016
This isn’t the first time and it certainly won’t be the last time Olympic boxing judges will be accused of fixing fights.