Tyson Fury insists recent sanctions against Daniel Kinahan “no longer have anything to do with me” and says he has “absolutely zero” dealings with the alleged crime boss.
The world heavyweight champion meets Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium on Saturday in an event expected to draw 94,000 spectators, but preparation for the all-British fight has been overshadowed.
The Irishman, who has advised Fury in the past, was named leader of the Kinahan drug gang last week and has been hit with global financial sanctions by the United States government, which has offered a $5 million reward for information about the group leading to the crime have led to the arrest and conviction of its leaders.
Kinahan, who has always denied any wrongdoing, is said to be one of the leaders of a cartel that US authorities have accused of drug smuggling, money laundering and violence against “the most vulnerable in society”.
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman released a statement Monday stressing he had “at no point” a working relationship with the Irishman.
A virtual press conference was held a day after US sanctions were imposed on Dubai’s Kinahan to preview the fight at Wembley, but with a moderator choosing the journalists allowed to ask questions, Fury was not questioned on this subject.
He did, however, address the elephant in the room after Tuesday’s open practice session at BOXPARK Wembley.
When asked if he had anything to do with Kinahan, Fury said: “Zero, absolutely zero.
“It’s none of your business or anyone else’s, I think. Is it?” said Fury. “My business is my business, your business is yours.
“Like I said, it has nothing to do with me in boxing. I’m just a dumb boxer who gets punched in the face for a living. If it wasn’t me, I wouldn’t be here, would I?
“I’ve said that to quite a few people this week: I don’t meddle in other people’s businesses, and I keep mine to myself, and that’s it.
“What other people do in their own lives… I have my own problems and my own problems to work on with a wife and six kids, so I keep my affairs to myself.”
Asked if US action against Kinahan was a distraction, Fury said: “Was it a distraction? Not really, it has nothing to do with me, does it?
“When I say ‘There is a war in Ukraine’ and people ask me about it, it has nothing to do with me. I keep my affairs to myself. I have my own issues with six kids to take care of and a wife.
“I have a lot more to think about than other people’s affairs. In my life I have a man who wants to punch me in the face next week and I have to deal with that. Everything else is out of my control.”
Asked about the magnitude of the story, Fury admitted: “I don’t really take notice of the media. I know what the media can do and I was the victim of a witch hunt in 2015 and 2016.”
Fury, who is co-promoted by Top Rank, was pictured with Kinahan in Dubai in February but downplayed the image.
“A picture doesn’t mean I’m a criminal,” Fury said. “I can’t control who’s in the building.
“There could be a criminal in this building now. That doesn’t mean I’m involved in his criminal activities, does it?”
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum told Yahoo Sports last week that Kinahan had received payments for his help with the four recent Fury fights.
On Arum’s comments, Fury added: “This is Bob Arum’s personal business, what he does with his own money. He can spend anything on gummy bears if he wants.
“What someone does with their money is beyond my control.”
Frank Warren, who also promotes Fury, insisted the couple had no idea about Top Rank’s payments to Kinahan.
He said: “Let me clarify a few things – firstly, Daniel Kinahan has nothing to do with this show, and secondly, as Tyson said, he was unaware of any payments made by Top Rank to Daniel Kinahan.
“We were not aware of any payments.”
Warren was asked if he was worried about boxing after the US government told anyone with ties to Kinahan, who advised several boxers and founded advertising firm MTK Global in 2012, to quit last week.
He added: “I’m concerned, but I’m also concerned about some of the misinformation that’s been floating around. We are not stupid people. We all understand what happened from the US Treasury.
“It’s been like this for three years now and we all know what we have to do and we’re not going to break the law. By the way, we have never broken the law.
“Is it a bad image for boxing? We sold 94,000 tickets in a day or two. Will we do the pay-per-view deal? yes we are
“We are very aware of what we have to do as participants and guardians of the sport, but we are not police officers. We are not the police.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/im-just-a-stupid-boxer-tyson-fury-insists-he-has-absolutely-zero-business-with-daniel-kinahan-41566983.html ‘I’m just a stupid boxer’: Tyson Fury insists he has ‘absolutely zero’ business dealings with Daniel Kinahan