Irate Irish boxer flips middle fingers to judges after controversial loss

Irish bantamweight Michael Conlan was controversially knocked out of the Olympics in a quarterfinal bout against Russia's Vladamir Nikitin, and he responded to the judges' decision by flipping both of his middle fingers and giving a profane, scathing assessment fo the state of amateur boxing to Ireland's RTE Sport.

Conlan, a bronze medalist in 2012 as a flyweight and the 2015 World Amateur Champion at bantamweight, lost in a unanimous decision to Nitkin despite clearly outlanding the Russian throughout the bout, and he accused the International Boxing Association of being "cheats."

"I don't give a [expletive], I'm cursing on TV... I was here to win Olympic gold. My dream's been shattered now. But you know what? I have a big career ahead of me. And these ones? They're known for being cheats, they'll always be cheats. Amateur boxing stinks from the core right to the top."

On Tuesday, Conlan tweeted Vladimir Putin.