Report suggests Russian fighter who controversially beat Michael Conlan could pull out of his semi-final

Injury looks set to rule him out

Vladimir Nikitin, Michael Conlan

Ireland's Michael Conlan following his defeat to Vladimir Nikitin of Russia ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

The Russian fighter who boxing judges deemed to have beaten Michael Conlan in Rio could miss his semi-final according to a report tonight.

Vladimir Nikitin was controversially awarded the decision against Team Ireland's Conlan in the bantamweight quarter-final bout on Tuesday.

The Russian is due to face Team USA's Shakur Stevenson in the semi-final on Thursday.

But Team USA coach and ex-head coach of Ireland's High Performance unit Billy Walsh told StiffJab.com that Nikitin is pulling out of the semi because "his face was a mess" according to Russian coaches, following the controversial Conlon fight.

However, there is no official confirmation as outlined by The Associated Press' Greg Beacham: