Professional boxing promoter Eddie Hearn brought up an interesting idea ahead of today’s Olympic boxing action in Rio.
The Russian bantamweight Nikitin who recenlty beat Irish boxer Michael Conlan through the gift of some awful judging at this year’s Olympics, has now reportedly been forced to withdraw from the games because of cuts.
These cuts were sustained of course from Conlan, who easily won the fight in the eyes of the vast majority.
Although Russian Vladimir Nikitin is still listed to officially box on the Rio 2016 official website later today against American Shakur Stevenson, it is highly doubted that he will be able to due to injury.
Eddie Hearn suggested Irishman Conlan should be put back in the mix:
Nikitin can’t advance through to next round because of injury – @AIBA_Boxing should stick the winner @mickconlan11 back in!
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) August 17, 2016
The amount of re-tweets he garnered from the public show he is correct. This story has genuinely incensed so many boxing fans around the world in recent days.
Following the controversy at this year’s games, the organisation responsible for governing amateur boxing internationally around the world, AIBA, released a statement saying that the judges involved in this year’s controversy have been relieved of their duties.
This will come as little consolation to the boxers affected, however.
The remaining Olympic boxing action will run through today until this coming Sunday, as we now move into the final section of Rio 2016.
If you did not see Michael Conlan’s post-fight interview with RTE following his controversial exit from this year’s games, here it is:
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