KHK Sports Cuts Ties With Daniel Kinahan

With pressure mounting from media platforms regarding Daniel Kinahan, a major organization has decided to move away from him following a brief relationship.

Recently, Kinahan was recently hired as a special advisor to the Prince of Bahrain’s sports organization, KHK.  He has also been named as a senior figure of an organized crime entity (via The High Court In Dublin). Now the promotion has cut ties with Kinahan altogether. Government officials confirmed the news to RTE.

“KHK is a global sports media property dedicated to the development in sports from the grass-roots level,” the promotion released in a statement, via The Journal. “KHK Sports confirms it has discontinued engagement with Daniel Kinahan and he is no longer an adviser to KHK.

“KHK is known for its contributions to the sports industry and is renowned and well-respected for its integrity and deep-rooted principles in the sports industry.”

Kinahan’s name has been linked to organized crime for a while, but his name became much more prominent in the past few days thanks in part to Tyson Fury. The WBC and lineal Heavyweight Champion thanked Kinahan for getting done a deal (in principle) between himself and Anthony Joshua sometime in 2021. Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told Parliament he was shocked by Fury’s comments.

“While I cannot comment on any particular garda [Irish police] operation, I can certainly assure you that there has been contact between [Ireland’s] Department of Foreign Affairs and the authorities in the United Arab Emirates about that matter,” Varadkar stated.

The Irish Times ended up reporting that the Irish government had asked the FBI and the DEA to look into Kinahan. In 2016 there was a shooting at the Regency Hotel in Dublin before a fight night with MTK Global. It appeared to have been an attempted hit on Kinahan, according to Boxing Scene, as a result of the longstanding rivalry between the Kinahan and Hutch crime families.

Kinahan, currently based in the UAE, just signed a deal to bring MTK Global fights in Dubai. He attempted to run fights in the United States, but the country banned him after hearing of his history. A “known crime associate”, there has been pressure by multiple figures for something to be done about Kinahan’s involvement in the bout between Fury and Joshua. BT Sport, one of the top networks in the UK, separated themselves from any Joshua-Fury coverage as a result of Kinahan.

“BT Sport is not currently involved in the Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua negotiations,” the organization stated, via Boxing Scene. “Our broadcast agreement for the fights of Tyson Fury is exclusively with Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions. We have had no dealings with MTK or any of their representatives for this fight.

“BT reviews all sports rights and broadcast deals with the appropriate levels of responsibility and scrutiny before deciding on a course of action. We cannot comment further on a potential fight which to the best of our knowledge is not confirmed, and which has not been offered to us.”

Additionally, Sky Sports has been considering pulling coverage of the two, specifically Fury. Several other entities are looking into boycotting the fight if Kinahan is involved. It is unknown what the future holds when it comes to the relationship between Kinahan, Fury, and MTK Global, which the former founded.

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