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Irish boxer Paddy Barnes posts picture online with organised crime boss Daniel Kinahan

BoxingBy Sunday World
Paddy Barnes
Paddy Barnes

Irish boxer Paddy Barnes has posted a picture on social media in which he is posing alongside organised crime boss Daniel Kinahan.

Former Olympic medallist Barnes signed for the Macklin Gym Marbella (MGM) earlier this year after going professional.

The picture was taken at a boxing event in Portugal and also features several other boxers and managers including Jamie Conlan, the older brother of Michael.

Paddy Barnes wrote alongside the image on his Twitter account: "Hey @djk256 didn't even know we had a picture together! Sure to cause a sh*t storm now.....".

The MGM is run by Matthew Macklin, a retired boxer and friend of Daniel Kinahan. Neither Barnes nor Macklin have any involvement in criminality.

Barnes (29) previously defended signing with the MGM label, stating "I am not a criminal".

"So if anyone wants to talk about criminality, and about Daniel Kinahan and Christy Kinahan, they should go ask them themselves.

"You're telling me that, but where's the facts and proof of it?

"You're telling me about the Kinahans. I don't know anything about the Kinahans, I only know Matthew Macklin. But what has Daniel Kinahan been convicted of?" he added.

Gardai believe that Kinahan (39) has taken over his father Chirsty Snr's organised crime enterprise in recent years, and was previously arrested in Spain as part of a massive operation targeting the cartel.

The MGM was also raided in August by Guardia Civil officers investigating the feud murder of Gary Hutch (33), who was shot dead in September 2015 on the orders of the Kinahan cartel.