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Outspoken Michael Conlan warned of disciplinary action by AIBA chief

Phil Jay 22/08/2016

AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu has spoken out first the first time following criticism during the boxing tournament at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Defeats to Katie Taylor and Michael Conlan drew a mass of bad publicity to Rio, especially from the UK and Ireland, leading to calls for a complete review of the judging system currently in place.

Conlan, who lost a highly-controversial quarter-final to Vladimir Nikitin, showed his disgust by giving the officials a double middle finger gesture and subsequently accusing the AIBA of corruption.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Wu said this in response: “(Tishchenko) never said anything. (Levit) never said anything. They all accept the result. But (Conlan), he immediately showed his finger to the referee-judges.

“The IOC says this is totally unacceptable. You cannot humiliate people. They are officials. He put himself in a difficult position, I can tell you. A lot of disciplinary action will follow. You should show proper behavior.

“If you are not happy about the result, you cannot humiliate in public our referee-judges. That has already drawn a lot of people’s attention who want to punish him, so we are going to have a disciplinary commission for the case,” he added.

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Bantamweight Conlan exclusively told WBN on Friday that he will never compete in a vest again and he will now consider any offers that come his way to turn pro.

It wasn’t the way the Belfast man wanted to bow out though following victories at the European, Commonwealth and World Championships, leaving Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez to take the gold in Brazil.