Michael Conlan has continued his dispute with amateur boxing's world governing body after it emerged the AIBA has requested the Irish boxer be sanctioned over his post-fight outburst at the Rio Olympics.

World champion and gold medal favourite Conlan was beaten on points by Russia's Vladimir Nikitin in his opening bantamweight bout, a decision that was widely ridiculed.

The Irish fighter responded with an unruly gesture to the judges inside the ring and an expletive-ridden rant outside it, condemning the AIBA and insisting he had been cheated by an organisation that "stinks from the core to the top".

Despite Conlan's decision to turn professional, the AIBA have seen fit to open disciplinary procedures against the Belfast boxer over that incident.

But Conlan, who begins his pro career in New York on St Patrick's Day, has refused to back down, issuing a letter through his solicitor, Padraig O Muirigh, in which he strongly defends his position.

The statement reads: "My client (Conlan) totally refutes accusations by the AIBA that he has undermined ‘the principles of honesty, integrity and sportsmanship'."

The letter also insists that Conlan will not be co-operating with any investigation, particularly given the enquiry into judging at the Rio Games has yet to deliver its findings.

"My client made a passionate critique of amateur boxing authorities in the immediate aftermath of that bout which attracted worldwide attention.

"His actions led to the suspension of a number of Olympic boxing judges and to a review of the Refereeing and Judging procedures governing the sport. My client was therefore to the fore in a concerted, high profile campaign to reform amateur boxing.

"My client is dismayed that a three member AIBA Disciplinary Commission Panel has been convened in relation to this matter, and in particular, in advance of any conclusion of the investigation into the thirty six judges used in the Olympics Games.

"I have informed the AIBA Disciplinary Commission Panel that my client will not be co-operating with their investigation in these circumstances."

The full letter can be read below:

"My client, Michael Conlan, has been notified by an International Boxing Association (AIBA) Disciplinary Commission Panel that it is investigating a submission by the AIBA that our client should be sanctioned in respect of an incident that occurred at the end of his controversial quarter final bout with Vladimir Nikitin at the Rio Olympics on the 16th August 2016.

"My client totally refutes accusations by the AIBA that he has undermined ‘the principles of honesty, integrity and sportsmanship’.

"Michael Conlan lost this controversial bout which, by common consent, he should have been awarded by the presiding judges. There was a widespread outcry from many quarters, including boxing pundits, at the decision of the judges.

"My client made a passionate critique of amateur boxing authorities in the immediate aftermath of that bout which attracted worldwide attention. His actions led to the suspension of a number of Olympic boxing judges and to a review of the Refereeing and Judging procedures governing the sport. My client was therefore to the fore in a concerted, high profile campaign to reform amateur boxing.

"My client is dismayed that a three member AIBA Disciplinary Commission Panel has been convened in relation to this matter, and in particular, in advance of any conclusion of the investigation into the thirty six judges used in the Olympics Games.

"In addition, the AIBA Disciplinary Commission Panel is fully aware of our client’s decision to sign a professional contract with Top Rank Boxing on 13th September 2016. As such he is no longer registered to the Irish Athletic Boxing Association and no longer participates in AIBA competition.

"I have informed the AIBA Disciplinary Commission Panel that my client will not be co-operating with their investigation in these circumstances."