CROSS Michael Conlan at your peril. After a notorious decision went against him in the quarter-finals of the last Olympic Games, the Irish boxer famously condemned AIBA. He had beaten Vladimir Nikitin so badly that the Russian was unable to continue in the tournament. Subsequent events have also not exactly disproved Conlan’s accusations. The Olympic referees and judges were suspended. Ching-Kuo Wu is no longer the president of AIBA and the governing body is in a mess, with the IOC seriously considering throwing them and the sport of the boxing out of the Olympic Games.
Conlan himself is now a professional, represented by promotional powerhouse Top Rank. Eight fights into his career he has boxed in Madison Square Garden and most recently celebrated a homecoming bout with an assured eight rounds points win over Adeilson Dos Santos last weekend.
“The atmosphere on Saturday, I think that topped everything so far,” Conlan told Boxing News. “I knew how the crowd were going to get so involved in it. I kind of envisioned that part of it. It came true. It fulfilled my expectations and actually exceeded them because I didn’t think it was going to beat the Madison Square Garden atmosphere but it did.”