Michael Conlan believes that today's report which determined that a bout manipulation system existed during the Rio Olympics is "vindication" for the way he was judged to have lost his 2016 quarter-final.

Eleven bouts at the Rio 2016 Olympics, including a fight involving Conlan, are suspected of being manipulated according to the report.

The first stage of an independent investigation by Professor Richard McLaren has looked at how bouts at the Games were manipulated for money or as political favours. Six-figure sums were involved in some cases, the report said.

Conlan's bantamweight quarter-final against Vladimir Nikitin, which created public outcry at the time, was one of the bouts mentioned.

The report stated that despite it being a "close match" only one of the five judges scored in favour of Conlan.

"Four judges would be required to vote in favour of a particular boxer in order to ensure that he/she was the winner," the report stated.

"This was the case in the Conlan fight, and may indicate that the result had been predetermined."

Speaking to the BBC Conlan admitted that he didn't believe this day would ever come.

"It's been a long time coming, but I'm delighted. he said. "I didn't expect this to happen, but the fact that it has and my fight has been called out, it's not news to me, but it's good news.

"It's a massive day for amateur boxing and for Olympic sport.

"The black mark of Rio will always sit there and the thought of 'what could have been' will always be there for me."

Conlan believes that his in-ring reaction after the bout and his post-fight interview helped to put a spotlight on the judges and ultimately helped today's report to be published.

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"I think if I hadn't said what I said - and done what I did - this probably wouldn't be happening now so it's a huge day, especially for the guys who suffered in Rio, including myself. It's vindication," he insisted..

"At the same time, it stole a dream that I had since I was a kid of being an Olympic champion. That 'what if' will always be there.

"I just hope now the decisions can be overturned because I wasn't the only one. I'd be more than happy to receive an Olympic medal and that would be a bit of justice in itself.

"I'd love that to happen, to be upgraded and get a medal. Even if I don't get a medal, if they said I was number three at the Games, that would be good."

While Conlan will never know if he could have claimed gold in Rio, he ultimately believes that the controversy has been beneficial for his career and profile.

"In a way, what happened to me in Rio has probably benefitted my career more than if I had won gold - and not getting a medal hasn't really affected my earnings," he said.

"If everything hadn't worked out the way it has I would have looked back and been disgusted, but things have worked out for the best and put me in a better position than if I had won gold."