It seems more and more likely that Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua will finally agree to stand together in a room. The hardest part will be making room for them when there is already a giant elephant in the area.
What was once the dirty secret of boxing is now its disturbing truth – the most anticipated fight in British history could be due to the brokerage skills of a man considered by the Irish authorities to be a vicious crime lord.
But here we are, thanks to Fury’s social media post on Wednesday afternoon which laid bare his appreciation for Daniel Kinahan, the 42-year-old Dublin man who did all of this.
Tyson Fury revealed this week that he agreed to a two-fight deal to fight Anthony Joshua
Fury looks set to meet Joshua in 2021 after facing Deontay Wilder in trilogy later this year
Fury has been criticized for using the services of alleged crime lord Daniel Kinahan to negotiate an agreement
He said, “Big cry to Dan, he succeeded. Fury was shirtless as he said, and with two more name checks in his video, boxing may have just released his pants. Because, as the wider British population becomes more and more aware, the man Dan is really very interesting.
He is the man who can clearly cross the trenches of boxing politics, and few are as deep as those between Frank Warren and Eddie Hearn, the promoters of Fury and Joshua. The man who can negotiate with royalty in the Middle East.
“An honest and intelligent guy who gives sound advice,” as Boxing promotion legend Bob Arum told Sportsmail this week. Where it gets pretty sticky are the allegations about the other line of work.
Dan is the man the Irish police believe gang linked to multiple murders in Europe and a billion-dollar drug empire. The man who is said to be barred from entering the United States after being listed as a drug terrorist by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI.
Two years ago, the man identified at the Dublin High Court as a key figure in global organized crime and the man whose involvement in this fight compelled Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar to say that he would be ” totally appropriate “for the broadcasters to boycott him. On Friday, the man whose British fury broadcaster, BT Sport, appeared to distance himself, added that they would examine all potential deals with “close scrutiny.”
“He is someone who has put misery on the streets of Dublin and Ireland for years,” said Neale Richmond, a respected member of the Irish parliament.
Kinahan has been wreaking havoc on the streets of Dublin for years, says Irish MP Neale Richmond
Let’s start with a conversation Sportsmail had late Wednesday with Arum, who was once part of the US attorney’s office.
Today, 88, he is one of the pillars of Fury, as co-promoter with Warren, while MTK Global takes care of the management of Fury and Kinahan is labeled as adviser of the fighter. Arum also uses Kinahan as an advisor, and his vision of him is both revealing and surprising.
“I have heard all these stories on his journey,” he says.
“I choose not to disbelieve them but to ignore them because in terms of his interactions with me, it was only first class.
“I don’t take into account all the buzz you hear about his background.
“I am a businessman and have the utmost respect for him.” Buzz? It really is an extraordinary summary.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar criticized Kinahan’s involvement in the Fury-Joshua deal
Regarding wide-ranging cynicism, Arum adds: “I understand, but look at my background. When I met Ali and all the members of the organization, the Nation of Islam, almost all had criminal records, but I found that many were people of trust. But the claims here are a little darker than what regularly happens in the sport. Irish police believe Kinahan is the head of the Kinahan criminal group after replacing his father, convicted drug trafficker Christy ‘the Dapper Don’ Kinahan, about five years ago.
The son was largely exiled to Dubai after a feud began in 2016 with the Hutch gang, which killed 18 people.
Although he was convicted of nothing, he had been described in an affidavit from the Criminal Asset Bureau (CAB) to the High Court as managing and controlling the gang’s daily drug trafficking operations.
It is in this context that Kinahan was accused of using boxing to clean up his reputation. His connection to the sport dates back to 2012, when he co-founded the management group of Macklin’s Marbella Gym with former middleweight competitor Matthew Macklin.
Promoter Bob Arum uses Kinahan as advisor and praised their work together as “first class”
In 2016, the company held a weigh-in at the Regency Hotel in Dublin for an event it promoted when gunmen entered. Kinahan was reportedly the target of an attack which left one dead.
It sold MGM in 2017 and has since been renamed MTK Global, which now has the likes of Fury, Carl Frampton and Billy Joe Saunders in their books.
Just last month, their CEO Sandra Vaughan denied that Kinahan has an official role with MTK, but the damaging links are many. Indeed, a significant number of MTK clients, including Fury and Saunders, count him as an advisor. There is no suggestion of wrongdoing on the part of a combatant.
MTK did not answer the question of how many of their boxers are advised by Kinahan who, according to a figure in boxing, is expected to be the most influential figure in the sport over the next five years.
Unquestionably, the boxers praise him. This corresponds to the strong suspicion in Ireland that a cleansing of Kinahan’s image is taking place in tandem with his emergence in public life.
Kinahan founded the management company MGM which has a multitude of top fighters in its books
A broader vision, a sober vision, belongs to Richmond, from the Fine Gael political party.
“He is known,” he told Sportsmail. “To hear Tyson Fury congratulate him, he cleared his record.
“His experience is something that the battlegrounds and the broadcasters need to know. It is difficult to see it presented in this way. “
This is. Not a surprise, unfortunately. But hard all the same.