Irish boxer Peter McDonagh has backed Daniel Kinahan in a social media post praising the gangland boss for helping him after he was “left on the scrap heap”.
Unlike other boxers who once had ties to Kinahan but later distanced themselves from the wanted criminal after he became the subject of a US sanctions hit, McDonagh singled out Kinahan as the only one who cared about him.
McDonagh took to Twitter to explain: “Daniel Kinahan was the only person who looked after me in boxing. The rest of the boxing promoters and managers used and abused me when I was 38. I was left on the scrap heap of Life Up Next, in and out of the boxing ring.”
In March, McDonagh, who has no ties to crime, praised Kinahan ahead of a podcast debut that never aired.
The sports star described the cartel boss, who was named in the High Court as the controller of a drugs empire, as “family”.
“I’ve had more coaches than @JDSports, more managers than @SkySportsPL. I was on the scrap heap in boxing and in life. Tagging podcast host James English and Sunday World.
However, the podcast interview with mob boss Kinahan was later pulled due to “legal issues.”
The 44-year-old drug lord sat down for a three-hour talk with James English in Dubai and it was due to come out on St Patrick’s Day.
In an aired preview clip, Kinahan recalled how Hutch gunmen killed him just yards during the infamous 2016 Regency Hotel attack, and also claimed the media was “rigging everything.”
But the podcast host and ex-England’s Kerry Katona said he was “sad to inform people” the chat had to shut down but hoped to bring it out in the future.
In a post on his YouTube channel, he said: “I was dealt with some legal issues and after seeking legal advice I was told not to show this interview.
“It is a blatant attack on my freedom of expression and Daniel’s as the three hour interview was very powerful listening to Daniel tell his side of the story.
“I am confident that we will be able to publish this interview in the future, but at the moment it is not in my hands and in the hands of the lawyer.
“For over four years I’ve been doing this stuff, never had any problems, but I think when you have high profile guests, you’re going to run into these problems. Just something I have to deal with right now.
“I’m sorry again folks because I know how big this interview was and I know how many people are waiting to see it.”
In the preview clip, Kinahan recalled the Regency Hotel attack of which he was the primary target on February 5, 2016.
It claimed the life of his close friend and Mafia enforcer David Byrne.
Kinahan told the host, “I’ll tell you, I never told that story to anyone.”
He got up and mimicked the shooter, who pulled his firearm from his waistband, adding, “I see him there, maybe twenty feet away from me.
“Then I see like this, then I see the gun in the back.
“And then I go. Then I hear boom-boom, boom-boom and shots going off behind me.”
Kinahan also took aim at the media, saying, “For me, the media manipulates everything.
“They create reality for people for the future, for what they want to think. What they eat. what they buy
“If I’m such a bad person, look at what they wrote about me.
“Newspapers wrote about me supplying these guns to these rebel children in Africa. I had a billion dollars worth of cocaine going through America.”
The following month, US officials announced sanctions against several senior members of Ireland’s Kinahan organized crime group.
The sanctions include Kinahan, who was previously appointed controller and manager of the gang by the Irish High Court, his father Christopher Snr – a convicted drug dealer and alleged founder of the gang – and his brother Christopher Jnr, whom the notice accused of collaborating with the gang, to “transport and sell narcotics in the UK”.
The US Drug Enforcement Agency has also offered rewards of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest of one of the three Kinahan.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/crime/irish-boxer-peter-mcdonagh-praises-daniel-kinahan-for-rescuing-him-from-the-scrap-heap-42170477.html Irish boxer Peter McDonagh praises Daniel Kinahan for saving him from ‘garbage heap’