Michael Conlan fears Amy Broadhurst risks losing fans after controversial switch

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Michael Conlan fears Amy Broadhurst risks losing fans by switching to Team GB as she looks to compete at this summer's Olympic Games in Paris. Dundalk boxer Broadhurst decided to make the switch after not being selected by the Irish Athletic Boxing Association for the final Olympic qualifiers in Bangkok.

Broadhurst is eligible to fight for the UK due to her father Tony being born in England. Conlan, who won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Games before his infamous controversial defeat to Vladimir Nikitin four years later in Rio, believes the decision could cost her support when she turns professional.

He told the Irish Mirror : "I can and I can't understand the decision she has made. I can understand she wants to be an Olympian, she wants to achieve what she wants to achieve but for what purpose.

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"If her only goal in life is to be an Olympic champion, I get it, but if she wants to go pro, earn millions and be a world champion with a fantastic following from Ireland, she's done the wrong thing because Irish people aren't really going to back her for that reason.

"She's basically turned her back on Ireland. I get why, I understand why and if that is Amy's goal to be Olympic champion, it's understandable. Nothing else matters.

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"But she will not get the plaudits, the love and the admiration from the fans from Ireland like Katie Taylor and Kellie Harrington simply because she has not done it for Ireland."

Conlan understands the tough situation the 27-year-old has been put in and believes she has a huge future in the sport. The 2022 World and European light welterweight champion is aiming to qualify for the 60kg category, the same weight class that Olympic gold medallist Harrington fights in.

"It's a Catch-22 situation," Conlan said. "I know Amy does want to go pro eventually. She could do great as a pro but for an Irish person she'll be branded as English forever.

"It's unfortunate in that sense (that she didn't get the chance for Ireland) because she is probably the most talented there and she didn't get the opportunity in the end.

Sean McComb, Michael Conlan, Sean Casey, Paddy Barnes, Get Better With Chris, MMA fighter Sinéad Kavanagh pictured at the launch of Le Grá Premium Irish Lager
Sean McComb, Michael Conlan, Sean Casey, Paddy Barnes, Get Better With Chris, MMA fighter Sinéad Kavanagh pictured at the launch of Le Grá Premium Irish Lager

Sean McComb, Michael Conlan, Sean Casey, Paddy Barnes, Get Better With Chris, MMA fighter Sinéad Kavanagh pictured at the launch of Le Grá Premium Irish Lager

"I think Amy is a fantastic fighter, she's a really, really talented fighter and now she's back doing it at her natural weight and stuff. That was blocked out by Kellie, obviously Kellie is the reigning Olympic champion and an unbelievable fighter also.

"Politics in boxing, I know all about that."

  • Michael Conlan was speaking at the launch of his new beer - Le Grá. The one-of-a-kind golden brew is infused with real shamrocks for a touch of ancient Irish luck. Le Grá Premium Irish Lager is available across Ireland at retailers, bars, and pubs. For more information visit www.legrabeer.com

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