The International Olympic Committee said on Wednesday that Conlon, compatriot Steven Donnelly and Britain's Antony Fowler had been given severe reprimands for their breach of the regulations. Conlon, who vowed in Rio never to fight again in any competition organized by Olympic boxing body AIBA after his quarter-final defeat by Russian Vladimir Nikitin, has since turned professional. The athlete attended a hearing on Aug. 20 in Rio and confirmed the bets, saying he had signed without reading an Irish team contract that mentioned the prohibition on betting on Olympic competitions.
Oscar Valdez saw that this newspaper ranked him No. 2 behind Japan’s unbeaten super-flyweight world champion Naoya Inoue in a list of the best boxers ages 25 and younger last week. “I always think I should be No. 1,” said Valdez, 25, the former Olympic boxer from Mexico who now lives and trains in the Southland and possesses the World Boxing Organization featherweight belt. Valdez (20-0, 18 knockouts) will make the first defense of the belt he won in July with a second-round knockout of Argentina’s Matias Rueda when he returns to the ring Nov. 5 on the Manny Pacquiao-Jessie Vargas pay-per-view undercard at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. His opponent that night will be Japan’s Hiroshige Osawa
Vasyl Lomachenko previously had to tempt Nicholas Walters with a substantial cut of his purse to take a fight with the gifted two-time Olympic boxing champion from Ukraine. Jamaica’s Walters (26-0-1, 21 knockouts) has accepted an offer to fight World Boxing Organization super-featherweight champion Lomachenko (6-1, four KOs) Nov. 26, with the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas positioned to host the HBO-televised bout. Lomachenko promoter Bob Arum said Tuesday that Walters has agreed to be the opponent, and that Arum expected to finalize the site deal and formally announce the bout Wednesday. In June, Lomachenko produced a sensational fifth-round knockout of Puerto Rico’s Roman “Rocky” Martinez at Madison Square Garden’s Theater to become the first fighter in history to win a second belt in just seven pro bouts.