Conlan: I’m Not Paying AIBA Fine
Irish Boxer Michael Conlan has received his punishment for his outburst at the Olympic Games, but he plans to ignore it. The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has fined Conlan for exploding after losing a controversial decision to Russia’s Vladimir Nikitin in the quarterfinals.
"Amateur boxing stinks, from the core to the top," Conlan said on live television in August. "Today just showed how corrupt this organization is."
Conlan’s highly disputed loss was one of several egregious decisions during the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
According to Irish News, AIBA ordered Conlan to pay 10,000 Swiss Francs (£7,873) if he "requests to become subject to AIBA jurisdiction or seeks to become a coach or member of any national federation."
"Fucking cheats" – Michael Conlan was understandably furious after being denied a second Olympic medal…https://t.co/mmgEZwq7D3
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Conlan appears to have not eased off his harsh words since then, and says he has no intention of paying the fine.
"If the fine was £10, I still wouldn’t pay it and that’s the truth – I wouldn’t pay it if it was £1,” Conlan told the Irish News.
“It’s the principle of the whole thing – I know I was right and what I said was right. Maybe the fact I said it so publicly has shamed them, but they shamed me in that ring. They provoked that reaction so I believe I was in the right and that everything I did was right.
“When it comes to that stage, we’ll come to that stage, but it’s not going to happen. By the time I want to be a coach or whatever, those people won’t be in charge. I don’t know why they want to continue this. The fact they’ve fined me, it doesn’t bother me at all because until the day I die, I’ll never pay that fine.”
Conlan is on to bigger things, having been signed by Top Rank Promotions to begin his professional career. He will make his pro debut at Madison Square Garden in March.