Irish boxer Michael Conlan at his best was the number 1 ranked bantamweight boxer in AIBA. He had notable wins in the world championships in 2015 capturing the gold medal, and had high hopes going into the Rio 2016 Olympics.
But it turned out to be the worst experience in his amateur boxing career.
Furious for having been unfairly denied a medal in his fight against Vladimir Nikitin, Michael Conlan branded AIBA’s judges for being cheating bastards. It was a fight he obviously won that he beat his opponent so bad he wasn’t able to continue competing after their bout.
It was also a clear call for a Michael Conlan boxing career to divert its path.
What may have been one of his worst experiences as an athlete may now be referred to looking back as his springboard for greatness. After vowing never to return to amateur competition, Michael Conlan has now signed with Top Rank boxing according to a report by Review Journal.
“I look back now and I feel if I didn’t do it, and didn’t say what I said, I would have a lot of regret right now. The fact that I did it probably worked out in my favor. I’ve gotten a lot of following from it all around the world.” Conlan said.
He now gets to fight under the same umbrella that promotes the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Vasyl Lomachenko, and Terence Crawford. It’s a great step toward a promising career, with a representative in the States as big as Top Rank.
“He’s got a great personality and we think we can do big things with him, both here in the United States and on the other side of the pond in England and Ireland. I think with his ability and personality we can turn him into a major star.” Bob Arum said in a report by World Boxing News.
Unknown to Michael Conlan, but his major exposure to the professional boxing world may have been during his controversial amateur loss to Vladimir Nikitin.
It may have put the spotlight on him which drew sentiments from boxing fans all over the world that saw him win, but was handed a loss. With a smile and personality that Conlan has, it may just spark something big moving forward to a pro career under a widely popular promoter with the influence of great fighters like Manny Pacquiao, Terence Crawford and Vasyl Lomachenko.
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