The ‘dangerous’ suspected mob boss credited for kickstarting AJ vs Fury fight
Gangland killings, drug trafficking and executions are things people would never relate to the glittery highlife of professional boxing.
But one man who has rubbed shoulders with those at the top of the game is alleged to have links to all of them.
Daniel Kinahan has been named in the High Court in Ireland as the head of an international drug cartel, something he strenuously denies.
The courts in Ireland have also accepted the Kinahan Organised Crime Group is involved in drug trafficking, money laundering and gangland executions.
Kinahan owned Marbella gym MGM and has been credited with reviving the career of Tyson Fury after his well-publicised battle with drugs and alcohol.
The Gypsy King even publicly praised Kinahan for getting his highly-anticipated fight with Anthony Joshua off the ground last summer.
And he was also Fury’s advisor during his fight with American champion Deontay Wilder.
MGM would go on to be renamed MTK Global and has since signed some of boxing’s biggest stars. According to MTK CEO Bob Yalen, Kinahan continues to advise some of its boxers.
BBC’s Panorama spoke to several senior sources in the game who criticised his involvements, with just one coming forward publicly – Barry McGuigan.
“There is no doubt that there is an intimidation effect, there is no question about that,” he said on the show.
“If we are to believe what we believe, this is a very dangerous man.
“Because I’m Irish and from the South of Ireland, I know about Daniel Kinahan – everyone knows about Daniel Kinahan.
“Because there’s an element of fear and an element of terror around that name.”
Kinahan has never been convicted, but numerous shootings and crimes are often linked to him or his family. His father, Christy Kinahan, is a convicted heroin smuggler and boss of the Kinahan Cartel. But Irish courts accept that the day-to-day running of the business is down to Daniel.
In August 2014, boxing trainer Jamie Moore was shot and badly wounded while staying at the boxing manager’s villa.
One of his associates, Gerard Kavanagh, was shot dead in a Spanish bar just one month later.
And in 2015, Gary Hutch was shot dead. He is believed to have had a falling out with the Kinahan cartel.
That shooting would go on to spark a fierce feud between the Kinahans and Hutch’s uncle Gerry – the most successful armed robber in Ireland.
Their rivalry created one of the darkest moments in recent boxing history.
In January 2016, hitmen working for Monk dressed up as Gardai before attacking a boxing weigh-in at the Regency Hotel in North Dublin.
They killed a suspected member of the Kinahan Cartel, but the target is believed to have been Daniel – who had already escaped.
A total of 18 people have been killed in what has been called the Kinahan-Hutch feud.
Mr Kinahan's lawyers told Panorama he has "no criminal convictions" and the allegations about him running a violent cartel are "false and have no evidential basis".
“He is proud of his record in boxing to date,” they said. “He has operated on the basis of honesty and with a commitment to putting fighters' needs first.”
“Mr Kinahan is a successful and independent advisor in the boxing industry in his own right. It is a matter of public record that he has exited the business of MTK.”
An MTK spokesperson told the programme: "Mr Kinahan has never owned or controlled our client company. He has never provided funding nor has he been a director, shareholder, officer, employee or consultant.
"It's true that Mr Kinahan does provide personal advice to a number of boxers managed by MTK Global as well as fighters at other companies."
Daily Star has contacted Tyson Fury's representatives for comment.
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