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Dexterous Dan.

He broke the mould.

Dan Donnelly

Boxer Michael Conlan at the 2015 Web Summit in the RDS, Dublin

This afternoon.


The report states that “approximately nine bouts” were “suspicious beyond the two raised in the media at the time” – one of the latter in reference to Conlan’s controversial split decision loss to Nikitin in a bantamweight quarter-final…

Conlan defeat among 11 ‘suspicious’ Rio 2016 fights due to bout manipulation system (RTÉ)

Pic: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Wikimedia

This morning.

Portland Row, Dublin 1.

Irish Olympic boxer Kellie Harrington’s parents Yvonne and Christy celebrate their daughter’s win last night at the Tokyo Olympics which has guaranteed her at least a bronze medal.

Meet our new Olympic boxing medallist Kellie Harrington (RTÉ)

Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews

This afternoon.

Dublin Airport.

Team Ireland athletes return home from the European Games in Minsk, Belarus, including pic 2, Grainne Walsh, who won a Bronze medal in boxing with her family members, from left: Joseph, Geraldine, Gerry, Mairead; Kurt Walker (pic 4), who won a gold medal in boxing with his sisters (pic 5), from left: Chloe, Niamh and Mia.


IBF World Super Bantamweight champion TJ ‘The Power’ Doheny, 

Tokyo, Japan.

TJ Doheny is the new IBF World Super Bantamweight champion after outpointing Japan’s Ryosuke Iwasa in a unanimous decision at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.

Ryosuke was making his second defence of a belt once held by Carl Frampton and started well in the face of intense pressure, inflicting a deep cut under Doheny’s eye by the end of the second round.

…The Portlaoise southpaw took control from midway through the 12-round contest, however, repeatedly landing his jab and a succession of body shots.

In fairness.

TJ Doheny becomes world champion in Tokyo (RTÉ)


Ah here.

Former OCI president Pat Hickey and boxer Michael Conlon

Johnny Watterson, in The Irish Times, reports:

An official Rio Olympics report from Irish boxing team manager Joe Hennigan claims that Irish management were informed during the boxing competition that fights at the games had been fixed.

It further claims that the medal hopes of one of our brightest prospects, Michael Conlan, were “gone” before he stepped into the ring.

The alarming claims were made in a three-page report, verified as authentic and seen by The Irish Times.

Hennigan, who was subsequently voted in as vice-president of the Irish Athletic Boxing Association in 2017, was given the information regarding fixing a day before Conlan was due to fight Russian opponent Vladmir Nikitin on August 16th. At the time Conlon was the World Amateur Bantamweight champion.

…Having been told the bout was already fixed, Hennigan describes his efforts to locate the then Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) president Pat Hickey in order to inform him and try to protect the interests of the Irish boxers.

[Hennigan in his report wrote] “…we tried on numerous occasions to see Pat Hickey to get him to intervene he was never available . . . I finally got to speak to him at an event the following day and explained the problem to him.”

…The OCI said they were unaware of any allegations of match-fixing and had not seen the boxing team manager’s report.

The OCI is not aware of this report and yes would welcome a copy,” said a spokesperson. “The allegations of bout-fixing you refer to from the report are shocking.”

Former OCI president Pat Hickey could not be reached for comment.

Rio report claims Michael Conlan’s 2016 Olympic fight was fixed (Johnny Watterson, The Irish Times)