Olympic Boxer Michael Conlan Decimates Vladamir Nikitin, Declared Loser
When Russian boxer Vladimir Nikitin was declared the unanimous winner in his Olympic bantamweight quarterfinal bout against Irish fighter Michael Conlan, most observers in the arena reacted with shocked silence. It appeared that Conlan had soundly beaten the Russian in all three rounds, a fact driven home by the steady flow of blood emanating from opponents numerous facial cuts (Nikitin would withdraw from his next fight due to injuries). As his opponent dropped to his knees in joy at winning, Conlan tore off his jersey, flipped off the judges, and refused to leave the ring. Later he accused the International Olympic Committee of corruption, saying his fight was rigged. Someone must have listened: Later in the games, six judges were relived of their duties, and a senior official was reassigned.
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