A five-year-old's letter offering his gold medal to Michael Conlan will melt your stone-cold heart


Michael Conlan may be recovering from one of the most controversial defeats ever at the Olympics, but one fan has taken on the task of cheering up the Irish boxer.

Five-year-old Finn McManus has offered the defeated 24-year-old his school medal along with a touching letter to his hero.

"I saw your fight in Rio and you should have won because you are the best boxer in the world," he wrote.

"I want you to have my school medal because you are a winner. I hope you like it."

Michael Conlan fighting Russia's Vladimir Nikitin.
Conlan fighting Russia's Vladimir Nikitin (Jae C Hong/AP)

Their mother then sent a photo of Finn's medal and the handwritten letter by private message to Conlan on Facebook which he shared on Twitter.

The Belfast sportsman departed the Rio Olympics with a foul-mouthed tirade after finding himself on the wrong end of a controversial unanimous decision against Russia's Vladimir Nikitin in their bantamweight quarter-final.

Ireland's reigning world champion could not hide his anger when the three judges sided with his opponent after three fast and furious rounds, leaving his dream of building on his bronze medal at London 2012 in tatters.

Conlan was the last Irish boxer standing in the competition after shock early defeats for Paddy Barnes and Katie Taylor, and was expected to move through to the medal rounds again.

The Olympic Council of Ireland has said it does not condone his post-fight comments or conduct and will evaluate the matter before taking any action.