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Boxer takes to Twitter to claim Putin fixed his fight

Technically Incorrect: Michael Conlan of Ireland openly asks the Russian president how much he paid to ensure that Conlan's Russian opponent was the winner.

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Quite some accusation.

Michael Conlan; Twitter screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Russian President Vladimir Putin is known to be an upstanding citizen of the world.

Recently, though, he's become embroiled in difficult accusations.

First there was that invading countries thing.

Then there was the wild intimation that he might somehow be involved in supporting the candidature of Donald Trump. Financially, as well as emotionally.

Now, though, comes an even lower blow.

Irish bantamweight boxer Michael Conlan has emerged on Twitter to ask Putin how much he allegedly paid to ensure that Conlan lost his bout against Russian Vladimir Nikitin.

His tweet on Tuesday was informal, as well as insistent: "Hey Vlad @PutinRF_Eng How much did they charge you bro??"

He pointedly directed the tweet also to the AIBA, the International Boxing Association, which is responsible for the Olympic boxing tournament.

In case you think Conlan, the current world champion, didn't really mean this tweet, he also offered a postfight interview, helpfully tweeted by Irish bookmaker Paddy Power.

"AIBA are cheats. They're fucking cheats," Conlan began. He added: "They're cheating bastards. They're paying everybody."

Neither the Russian president nor the AIBA immediately responded to a request for comment.

However, an AIBA spokesman offered these thoughts to Sky News: "It's his personal judgement. All I can say is that AIBA is striving for a fair, level playing field. The idea is not to benefit one country towards another, we represent 200 national federations. These statements are groundless, but he's free to have his opinion."

Conlan wasn't likely to be convinced. Immediately after the fight he directed both his middle fingers simultaneously at the bout's judges.

You might think that the judging of Olympic boxing is scrupulously fair. However, controversy has existed for decades.

Many Americans might remember the stunning defeat of Roy Jones by South Korean Park Si-Hun. Jones had punched Park 86 times. Park punched Jones a mere 32 times. This was 1988 and the games were in South Korea.

This year, some boxing observers already cite decisions against boxers from Kazakhstan and the US as being extremely suspicious. The BBC used its traditionally more measured tones to conclude that Conlan looked to have won.

Conlan is said to be turning professional after the games, so perhaps it's a touch easier for him to emote at the AIBA.

Though directly addressing Russia's leader on Twitter might seem a touch forward, perhaps his suspicions were aroused that all may not be above board where Russia is concerned.

After all, one-third of Russia's athletes were banned from competing in Rio because of alleged doping.