MICHAEL CONLAN has been criticised by two Unionist politicians after walking out to a pro-IRA song before his St Patrick’s Day win over Ruben Garcia Hernandez.
But Conlan’s choice of song for his ringwalk has come in for criticism from some quarters.
And DUP Belfast councillor Brian Kingston took to Twitter to blast the decision, writing: “Very disappointing that Michael Conlan does not follow the lead of many previous boxing and sporting heroes so that people can support him across the divide.
“Disgraceful that he has no regard for the victims of IRA terrorism.”
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Ulster Unionist Party MLA John Stewart also joined in on social media.
He added: “The sport of boxing has done so much to break down barriers, cross the divide and unite people from all backgrounds in Northern Ireland.
“It’s deeply regrettable that Michael Conlan doesn’t respect or understand this.
“It’s time someone told him that walking out to ‘Ooh, Aah, Up The Ra’ is dragging him and the sport into the gutter.”