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Michael Conlan receives letter from five-year-old fan

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There have been plenty of controversies that have threatened to overshadow the Rio 2016 Olympics, but the boxing disputes have been among the most damaging.

Michael Conlan shot into the limelight after a foul-mouthed rant following his shock quarter-final defeat to Russian Vladimir Nikitin, despite dominating most of the fight on Tuesday.

He was fuming with the judges' decision and called sport's governing body AIBA 'f****** cheats' on live television. While no one condoned his post-bout tirade, one very young fan made a very touching gesture to support the Irish boxer.

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Finn McManus, a five-year-old from Swords in County Dublin, watched the number one seed's defeat and wrote a letter to Conlan, agreeing with the Irish star's personal verdict of the fight.

You can see the full letter below but Finn wrote: “I saw your fight in Rio and you should have won.

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“You are the best boxer in the world. I want you to have my school medal because you are a winner.”

The 24-year-old has been made aware of the five-year-old's nice note and has responded in kind by offering him a present of his own, providing they can get in contact.

It does just prove how inspiring the Olympics can be, even in times of turmoil, and both Finn and Conlan deserve plenty of credit for this feel-good story.

However, Conlan will not be too impressed that his opponent on the night, Nikitin has reportedly withdrawn from the semi-finals due to the injuries he sustained in their quarter-final match up.

The International Boxing Association have also sent a number of officials home from the Games after reviewing some of their controversial decisions during the competition, but it is too little too late for Conlan.

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