A bloody-looking Vladimir Nikitin celebrates his controversial victory over Ireland's Michael Conlan.

Michael Conlan explodes in explicit TV rant after Olympic exit

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Irish boxer Michael Conlan has erupted explosively on live TV, using a large number of expletives to express his abhorrence at the unanimous decision to name Russian boxer Vladimir Nikitin as the winner of their quarter-finals clash in the Men's bantamweight 56kg competition at the Rio Olympics.

Commentators, spectators and Conlan alike all thought that the Irishman had done enough to cruise through to the semi-finals, but the Riocentro was shocked to see that his Russian counterpart had been awarded the victory.

The controversy became clear at the end of the first round, when Conlan seemed to be in the driver's seat after a slick performance regarding the footwork, which was causing Nikitin to miss his punches. However, the judges ruled Nikitin the winner of the first round, surprisingly.


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The judges rightly gave Conlan the second round after he went on the front foot and drew blood to the Russian's face, but the final round saw Nikitin take the ticket to the next round as he scored higher once again.

The controversy follows on from Sunday after the judges ruled Evgeny Tishchenko the Olympic gold medallist ahead of Vassiliy Levit in the heavyweight competition. That, too, was a supposedly wrong decision made by the officials, which was met with an array of boos inside the Riocentro.

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London 2012 bronze medallist Conlan was pictured holding both middle fingers up inside the ring after the result.

Speaking to RTE after the fight, Conlan exploded into an extreme rant.

"They're f***ing cheats," he said. "I'll never box for AIBA [Amateur International Boxing Association] again. They're f***ing cheating bastards," he blasted again.

"I don't give a f*** if I'm cursing on TV!"

"I came for gold and I've been cheated. My dream has been shattered. It's been robbed."

This result now means that it is the first Olympics since Athens 2004 that the Irish boxing team has failed to win a medal.


Many Irish supporters of Conlan took to Twitter to express their fury.

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