When the WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury announced in a video on social media in 2020 He has signed a two-way deal to face Anthony Joshua for the undisputed heavyweight title, Dan said.
Dozens of battles over the past several years have suddenly found their way not to New York, Las Vegas or Los Angeles, traditional strongholds of the world’s biggest battles, but to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. This is due in large part to the presence of Daniel Kinahan, an Irish boxing promoter and manager.
Kinahan is so deeply involved in boxing that a member of the American Boxing Writers Association submitted his name earlier this year as a candidate for the 2021 General Manager.
Kinahan didn’t win it, but he doesn’t have much time to worry about that now.
On Tuesday at a press conference in Dublin, Ireland attended by senior US officials from the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of the Treasury, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the US ambassador to Ireland, the government announced a $15 million reward for information leading to – Kinahan’s arrest and conviction; his father, Christopher F. Kinahan Sr.; And his brother Christopher F. Kinahan Jr. has a reward of $5 million per man.
US Ambassador to Ireland Claire Cronin said fighting organized crime is a top priority for President Joe Biden. In a Treasury press release, the Kinahan family was referred to as the “Kinahan Organized Crime Group.”
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Daniel Kinahan has a long standing relationship with many prominent figures in boxing. Hoopoe Sports is mentioned in the release and manage fighters, including Michael Conlan and Billy Joe Saunders.
Kinahan’s range extends throughout the boxing world, and although boxing was not discussed at Tuesday’s press conference, the investigation is ongoing.
There is no boxing promoter accused of wrongdoing, but given Kinahan’s history, it creates a questionable association, at best. There has never been any obstacle to getting into boxing, and boxing in the United States has a long and not so glorious history with organized crime figures. Crowds officers Frankie Carbo and Blinky Palermo were the two most powerful personalities in boxing in the United States in the mid-20th century.
Kinahan had a relationship with boxing management company MTK Global, and one of the fight directors in the lawsuit insists he’s still taking it, although Kinahan denies it. Boxing manager Moses Heredia of California sued MTK and Kinahan in 2020, alleging they stole boxer Jojo Diaz from him.
In Heredia’s suit, Kinahan, who is based in Dubai, allegedly oversees MTK’s activities. Heredia’s lawsuit also alleged that Kinahan helped co-found MTK in order to “launder illicit proceeds from drug trafficking through an apparently legitimate business.”
In a sworn statement filed in court on March 14, 2022, Kinahan said, “I do not work for and am not an employee of MTK Global Sports Management, LLC, MTK Global USA, LLC. [or the other defendants in the lawsuit,] Golden Boy Productions, Inc., Golden Boy Promotions, Inc., …”
Notable boxers managed by MTK Global include Fury, WBO Women’s Welterweight Champion Terrence Crawford, Undisputed Light Heavyweight Champion Josh Taylor, Lightweight Lightweight competitor Jack Caterall, WBO Women’s Middleweight Champion Savannah Marshall, Liam Smith and Diaz.
Many of the promoters had ties or deeper relationships with Kinahan. Top Rank chief Bob Arum described Kinahan as a “honor” in the Irish Sun’s 2020 story, although Top Rank broke off with him shortly thereafter.
A new boxing promotion, Probellum, has denied its association with Kinahan despite a tweet from Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti, the regional minister for sports and youth affairs in Punjab, Pakistan.
On March 20, he wrote on Twitter, “Metprobellum is about aligning the vision around boxing in Punjab and how to make the sport bigger for our youth. We look forward to hosting Daniel in Lahore to discuss Pakistan’s first international fight with world-class foreign boxers Insha Allah. We will share more information at the coming weeks.”
He included several photos with the tweet, one of which was of him with Kinahan.
Kinahan’s alleged crimes have nothing to do with boxing yet, but he has struck multi-million dollar deals with promoters in the sport. The US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has announced sanctions against the Kinahan family.
“As a result of today’s actions, all property and interests in property of designated individuals or entities in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons must be blocked and reported to OFAC,” the statement noted.
So there may be tough times ahead for many of the biggest names in boxing.
Their assets may be scrutinized like never before. This is a story that won’t go away anytime soon.
And that’s not good news for those who did and especially those who continue to do business with Kinahan.