Daniel Kinahan’s UAE hopes are in tatters as he is now boxing’s ‘forgotten man’

Sanctioned mob boss Daniel Kinahan became boxing’s forgotten man this week – after sports management firm Matchroom announced the first fight of its new ‘Champion’s Series’ in the Middle East.

Inahan, whose boxing empire lies in tatters after sanctions imposed by the US in April, remained in hiding Tuesday as Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom announced the big new boxing initiative.

At a press conference at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, Hearn announced Dmitry Bivol Gilbert “Zurdo” Ramirez’s fight for the world title on September 5 as a “historic moment” for the emirate, with more high-profile world championship fights planned.

The fight, which pits two undefeated boxers against each other, is the first of the new ‘Champions Series’ partnership between the emirate’s Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) and Matchroom.

“For us as a company, this is just the beginning of a new world of boxing here in the Middle East and Abu Dhabi,” said Hearn.

“It’s about bringing the great sport to Abu Dhabi, but it’s also about growing the sport of boxing in this country,” he said. “We will put plans together to ensure this sport is built from the ground up.”

Kinahan’s non-participation in such a major new boxing initiative in the Middle East was noted by prominent US boxing author Al Dawson.

Dawson posted on Twitter, noting, “Not everything in Middle Eastern boxing has to be about Daniel Kinahan.

“In April, the UAE imposed ‘tough sanctions’ on the suspected drug terrorist.

“Matchroom’s announcement comes from DCT – a government agency.

“Matchroom is more likely to follow UFC’s lead in Abu Dhabi.

“For example, DCT has been instrumental in building, maintaining and adapting the Fight Island concept throughout the pandemic.

“They weren’t interested in standalone boxing matches, instead pointing to Abu Dhabi’s activities in Jiu Jitsu and MMA for growth, which they’re keen to capitalize on.

“Matchroom’s announcement references a ‘Champion’s Series’ and hints at the type of activation Abu Dhabi likes – an ongoing partnership rather than a standalone Fury vs. Joshua-type battle.

“Eddie Heard has spoken at length about how he would like Matchroom to ‘copy what the UFC does.’

Mob boss Daniel Kinahan has been hiding out in Dubai since 2016, while his father Christy Senior and brother Christy Jnr are also based in the area.

Kinahan had used the United Arab Emirates as his headquarters from where he exerted and grew a massive influence on the sport of boxing worldwide.

Such was that influence that by 2020, Top Rank boss Bob Arum was calling for Kinahan to be tasked with finding a location in the Middle East for a possible showdown between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.

In May of this year, Arum, a highly experienced attorney who once worked for President John F. Kennedy’s administration, said, “We have great confidence in Dan. He’s practically our adviser on the Middle East.

“He lives there and is very, very well connected, so early on we gave Dan authority to explore opportunities in the Middle East on behalf of Top Rank…

“That’s what Dan is investigating because everyone trusts Dan when dealing with this situation, whether it’s Eddie, Frank or me.

“Dan is like the captain when it comes to the practical aspects of fighting in the Middle East. He’s one of my favorite guys. No-nonsense whose word is his covenant.”

But Arum turned on Kinahan in April this year after the US announced sanctions against the mafia boss – and police warned those involved in boxing that doing business with Kinahan meant they were getting involved “with a criminal network”.

Further evidence of the chaotic erosion of power Kinahan used to wield in the sport also manifested itself eight thousand miles away from Abu Dhabi, California this week.

sundayworld.com reported on Wednesday how MTK – the now-defunct boxing company co-founded by Kinahan – has lost legal representation in an ongoing civil racketeering case where it faces a judgment of up to $2 million.

Judge John W. Holcomb granted a motion by California-based attorney Michael Mancini to be relieved as counsel for MTK after finding it “appropriate” to do so “without a hearing.”

The case against MTK and Kinahan in California involves the alleged illegal poaching of Mexican combatant JoJo Diaz, but also faces allegations of drug trafficking, money laundering and murder for Daniel Kinahan.’

In a signed statement presented to the court earlier this month, Mr. Mancini said his company had alerted MTK to the implications of the development, saying the company had “notified MTK USA in writing of the consequences that it was unable to.” is to take part in this lawsuit.”

He further stated that he had notified all relevant attorneys of his request to retire as counsel from MTK, including attorneys for Daniel Kinahan.

“Daniel Kinahan’s attorney had no objection,” he said.

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