News | Aug 02 2018

Michael Conlan hopeful Vladimir Nikitin rematch lands at MSG on St. Patrick’s Day

Irish star Michael Conlan could get the chance to avenge his controversial Olympic Games defeat to Vladimir Nikitin on St. Patrick's Day 2019, writes Elliot Worsell
Michael Conlan
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IRELAND’S Michael Conlan boasts just eight pro fights to his name, and Russian Vladimir Nikitin just the one, but already the pair are inextricably linked and seemingly on course to fight at Madison Square Garden on St. Patrick’s Day.

That’s “the talk”, Conlan says, and the reason these two have established a rivalry at this early stage of their respective careers is a simple one: they have history.

Back in 2016 at the Rio Olympics, Nikitin scored a controversial decision over Conlan, despite appearing to be outboxed for much of the contest, and what followed the verdict guaranteed they’d see each other again. As all hell broke loose, Conlan spoke his mind, a nation was outraged, accusations of skulduggery shrouded the tournament, and a scorned Irishman flipping the bird became an enduring and iconic image of the 2016 Games.


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