As Tyson Fury spoke to reporters ahead of this weekend’s fight against Dillian Whyte, the ‘Gypsy King’ was asked the usual boxing questions at the Wembley press conference. How was his training camp? How well has he prepared? How was it building up to a World Cup title defense at home in the UK?
He was also asked about his alleged links to Daniel Kinahan, the Irish businessman and reported gang leader who, along with seven members of the Kinahan Organized Crime Group (KOCG), has been sanctioned by the US Treasury Department.
Fury “didn’t just address the elephant in the room,” said Jeff Powell in the Daily Mail. He “rided it to trample on any indication that he was ever involved in criminal activity” with the Irishman.
When Sky Sports When asked how his relationship with Kinahan was, Fury said: “I’ve had a million questions about this crap before, but like I told you, it’s none of my business and I don’t interfere in anyone else’s business, so go.” it doesn’t really matter to me.”
Boxing influence now “waning”
Kinahan, the suspected leader of the notorious drug cartel run by his family, has held “tremendous power in the sport” for years, but “his influence is now waning,” Donald McRae said in The guard. “It has become a source of embarrassment and shame for boxing.”
Boxing management company MTK Global, which Kinahan co-founded in 2012, announced this week that it will cease operations at the end of the month.
In a statement MTK Global was released on Wednesday and said it had faced “unprecedented levels of unfair scrutiny and criticism” since the sanctions were imposed. Sky news reported. The company, which has previously listed boxers such as Fury and Billy Joe Saunders among its fighters, added: “It is public knowledge that Mr Kinahan’s involvement in MTK ceased in 2017 and despite repeated assurances in this regard, allegations are unfounded against him The constant connection with us and our fighters continues”.
When asked if he still had anything to do with Kinahan, Fury said: “Zero, absolutely zero. Which does not concern me. I keep my own business to myself, that’s it. Was it a distraction? Not really, it’s nothing to do with me, is it?”
Investigative reporter Stephen Dempster, who produced one BBC panorama documentary which brought Kinahan’s involvement in boxing into the mainstream, The Guardian told The Guardian that Kinahan was “done” at boxing. “If the Americans really want to get him, they will do it. You can now see the dominoes slowly falling one by one.”
drug trafficking and money laundering
Fury and other senior boxing figures have been warned to cut “all ties” with Kinahan, Sean Ingle has said The guard. The WBC heavyweight champion has “previously praised” Kinahan and was photographed with him just weeks ago in Dubai.
At an “extraordinary” press conference in Dublin on April 12, US Ambassador to Ireland Claire Cronin announced that the US Treasury Department has placed a $5 million bounty on its head for information leading to the “financial destruction” of KOCG or would lead to the arrest and conviction of its leaders. And Irish Police Commissioner Drew Harris said KOCG was worth more than €1bn (£830m) through its criminal activities and warned that when you’re dealing with the sanctioned people, “you’re dealing with criminals involved in drug trafficking”.
In a statement US Treasury Department undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence Brian E. Nelson said the KOCG smuggles deadly drugs, including cocaine, into Europe and “poses a threat to the entire legal economy through its role in international money laundering.” He added: “Criminal groups like the KOCG prey on the most vulnerable in society, bringing drug-related crime and violence, including homicide, to the countries in which they operate.”
The Kinahan cartel originated in Dublin in the 1990s and is considered by the US to be one of the world’s largest criminal organizations BBC reported. And since he was appointed to head a £1billion drug and arms smuggling group in Dublin High Court in 2018, “criminal allegations against Kinahan have been mounting,” Ingle added The guard.
Kinahan, 44, has lived in the United Arab Emirates since 2016 but is once again “a man without a country,” said Jake Donovan boxing scene. Following the US sanctions, the UAE participated in “a now global investigation into the life and alleged crimes of the controversial Irish businessman”. The UAE has frozen all identified KOCG assets and imposed sanctions on Kinahan, his father Christopher Vincent “Christy” Kinahan Sr. and his brother Christy Jr.
After the UAE froze all his assets and prepared to send him back to Europe to face justice, the “mob boss” found himself in a “desperate race to escape Dubai” last night. The Irish Mirror reported. The Gardai, Ireland’s police force, also confirmed that the US government’s “megabucks deal” for information is already bearing fruit. “He no longer has a road,” said a source. “His time in Dubai is coming to an end one way or the other.”
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