Tyson Fury’s Relationship With Daniel Kinahan Questioned By Irish Parliament
The boxing community was elated after hearing that talks between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury were progressing. The bout was agreed in principle for two-fights starting in 2021. It seemed like everything was coming together nicely.
On the heels of the blockbuster announcement, the spotlight has been dramatically shifted towards the relationship between Fury and MTK Global (who manages Fury) founder and previously-named senior figure of an organized crime entity (via The High Court In Dublin) Daniel Kinahan.
Fury, the WBC and lineal Heavyweight Champion, took to social media to thank Kinahan for getting the fight to gain traction.
“Hello there! I’m just off from getting off the phone with Daniel Kinahan,” Fury stated. “He just informed me that the biggest fight in British boxing history has just been agreed… big shoutout Dan, he got this done. Literally over the line, two-fight deal, Tyson Fury v. Anthony Joshua, next year.”
Immediately after uttering his name, there was some backlash, especially on Ireland’s side. Kinahan, currently based in the UAE, just signed a deal to bring MTK Global fights in Dubai.
“I was taken aback by Tyson Fury and his video and dropping in that name you mentioned,” Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told Parliament on Thursday, via ESPN. The High Court placed Kinahan as someone that is involved in “international drug-trafficking operations and firearm offenses.”
“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.”
Kinahan was recently hired as a special advisor to the Prince of Bahrain’s sports organization, KHK. He was looking to expand his reach by being a boxing promoter in the United States, but due to his apparent history, the United States rejected and banned him.
The report by ESPN goes on to say that the Associated Press contacted the Criminal Assets Bureau, who transferred them over the to Irish police. They responded by saying they don’t comment on specific individuals, keeping their information private until necessary. They also discussed “known crime organizations” via a list.
Lawmaker Neale Richmond is making his voice known all over social media. He posted a message stating he will inform those who will listen regarding Kinahan’s track record.
“Anthony Joshua versus Tyson Fury is going to be one of the biggest boxing matches of the next decade,” Richmond ended up saying. “It’s huge, and as a sports fan, I’m absolutely enthused by it. However, I’m not enthused by the fact that Tyson Fury cited Daniel Kinahan three times in the announcement of the fight.”
— Neale Richmond (@nealerichmond) June 11, 2020
According to Daily Mail, the Irish Daily Star will not be covering anything regarding Joshua v. Fury. 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.
Fury has not commented on the situation regarding Kinahan as of this moment. He is currently preparing for a trilogy bout with Deontay Wilder, expected sometime in November or December. If interim WBC Heavyweight Champion Dillian Whyte isn’t a factor, and Fury beats Wilder, the “Gypsy King” would then go on to face the winner of Joshua v. Kubrat Pulev.