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Monk's teen nephew forced out of Euro event by feud

NewsBy Eamon Dillon
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A TEENAGE nephew of Gerry ‘the Monk’ Hutch missed out on chance to represent Ireland in the boxing ring because of the lethal feud which has engulfed his family.

Despite winning a national title – which serves as a qualifying tournament – last month, Jordan Hutch is not on the Irish team fighting in the Junior European Championships this week in Russia.

He fought and won the Irish final wearing shorts embroidered with ‘Rip Gary’, as a tribute to his brother, who was assassinated by the Kinahan Cartel in Spain last year.

The youngster was among those who later acted as a pall bearer for his slain brother.

However, he has no involvement in the ongoing gangland feud between his family and the Kinahan Cartel. 

Hutch is said to be a very promising young boxer and had done enough to qualify for the Irish team this week.

However, in what is described as “a delicate situation”, a decision was taken to withdraw the fighter from the team amid security fears, according to one Sunday World source.

“I think they took what they think is the best course of action to protect the young fella,” the source added.

A spokesperson for the Irish Amateur Boxing Association refused to make any comment on the issue.

The deadly feud has so far claimed seven lives, four of them in the north inner city.

The tournament is taking place in the Black Sea resort city of Anapa, Russia, a country where the Kinahan Cartel is known to have links with criminal gangs.

People connected to both sides of the feuding factions are enmeshed in the sport of boxing at professional and amateur level.

Just two years ago Jordan Hutch took part in a training session at the Daniel Kinahan-run gym, MGM Marbella in Spain.

One video shows him getting a coaching session with Seamus Macklin, brother of former professional Matthew, and the youngster is later mentioned as being a future Irish champion.

His uncle Gerry Hutch set up Corinthians Boxing Club in the north inner city, which Jordan had been a member of until last year.

The Monk and his associates have been linked to the Regency gun attack in Dublin, during which mobster David Byrne was killed.

More than a hundred people who are related or connected to the Hutch family have since been warned of a potential threat to their lives, according to sources.

Assassins working for the Kinahan Cartel have shown they are willing to take out soft targets simply because they are related to the Monk.

His brother, Eddie Hutch Snr, was shot dead despite it being well known that he had no involvement in organised crime.

Noel ‘Kingsize’ Duggan was also gunned down at his Co. Meath home, simply because he was known to be friend of the Monk.

Anyone seen as connected to people involved in the feud are considered to be at risk of attack.

This week, gardaí said they have stopped at least five other murder attempts and have promised to track down the people they believe to be behind the violence.

Assistant Garda Commissioner Michael O’Sullivan, head of the drugs and organised crime bureau, said there was no criminal gang which stood the test of time.

“Eventually, their members are arrested and their empire falls apart,” he said. “Criminal history over the past 20 years shows that gangs come and gangs go.”

He said the gardaí have been investigating the Kinahan gang since 1986. But in those 30 years Christy Kinahan has risen to run one of Europe’s biggest drug empires.

Ireland is not alone when it comes to the threat posed by criminals to people in the boxing fraternity.

In April this year, England Boxing were forced to cancel their junior championship after being warned by police of “a threat to life”.

Although no specific information was given, the organisers were told that the police would go to court to stop the tournament going ahead in Portsmouth if they didn’t call it off.

“The fact that anyone might want to endanger life at a boxing event is beyond our understanding and if it’s true it is disgraceful,” it was stated by England Boxing.