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Paddy Power Pays Out Bets Following Controversial Rio Boxing Decision

Internet betting site Paddy Power has stepped up to the plate and paid out all bets on the Olympic boxing match between Irish boxer Michael Conlan and Russian Vladimir Nikitin, which ended with Conlan being handed a controversial loss by the judges.

The match was a quarter-final bantamweight match between Conlan and Nikitin, and saw the judges award the victory to the Russian, although almost all observers thought that Conlan should have taken the victory. The decision was widely panned, and put Paddy Power in a tough spot as a lot of the money was on Conlan to take the victory. Thankfully, the betting firm stepped up to the plate and paid out the bets that were placed on Conlan, providing some good will and showing that the casino does care about fair play.

Commenting on the matter a Paddy Power spokesperson told the Irish Times newspaper: "The whole thing stinks, absolutely stinks, and our heart goes out to Michael Conlan after he was robbed of victory."

"The entire country was behind Michael and as you might imagine we took plenty of bets from patriotic punters who were backing him to do the business, and it's only fair that we pay out on him as the winner."

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24 August 2016 - 2:59am
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It said it all when the Russian was unable to even show up for the next round because he was too badly injured from the previous fight that he "won".

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No matter if it's at the Olympic amateur or at the professional ring boxing refereeing is just ridiculous but of course it's beyond any incompetence it's just a corrupt scheme and this sport needs to be cleaned up right from the top to the very bottom.
Not seen that game but if the bookie returns the money of the loosing stakes - that says it all.
In that sport match fixing is official politics.

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The Irish guy belted the Russian many times. The Russian walked off with a bloody face, the Irish with blood on his gloves and shorts. They were standing there for the decision, the Russian with his head down knowing he'd lost and the Irish try was trying to raise his arms and the referee had to push them back down before the decision was announced. Then they announced it and the crowd just started booing all over. It was a farce, but nothing that you should not expect from boxing. Its one of the most corrupt sports.

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25 August 2016 - 6:46pm
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CL-Ed wrote:

Its one of the most corrupt sports.

Yes agreed Ed, sadly though, it's a tough and manly sport, I know these things happened at the Olympics even before but thought things are different when we talk about professional boxing, obviously not

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