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Heavy hitter Daniel Kinahan-linked boxing agency MTK Global appoint top US lawyer to defend case

Listed in the complaint are Daniel Kinahan as well as MTK Global Sports Management and MTK Global USA along with others.

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Daniel Kinahan

A top Californian lawyer has been hired by the American arm of the sports agency originally set up by crime cartel boss Daniel Kinahan.

MTK Global USA is being sued by boxing manager Moses Heredia who claims a top boxer was illegally lured away from him.

Heredia’s lawyer, former-Marine Eric Montalvo, agreed to allow the firm until 29 September to respond to the claims boxer Jojo Diaz was paid $100,000 to sign a contract.

Listed in the complaint are Daniel Kinahan as well as MTK Global Sports Management and MTK Global USA along with others.

The latest court papers show Michael V Mancini from the firm Mancini Shenk was appointed on 20 August by MTK Global USA to act on their behalf.

It stated the law firms from both sides had been in contact with each other and it was agreed to set 29 September as the new date for a response to the complaints.

On the Mancini Shenk firm’s website Michael V. Mancini is described as a founding partner and “is a litigator and trial attorney who focuses on shareholder and derivative, cannabis, business, and entertainment disputes.”

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Lawyer and ex-marine Eric Montalvo.

Lawyer and ex-marine Eric Montalvo.

Lawyer and ex-marine Eric Montalvo.

“He has represented internationally recognized businesses, notable angel investors, startups, world-famous celebrities, small local businesses, and private individuals.”

“Michael also has substantial experience in high-stakes business, breach of contract, entertainment, shareholder and derivative, real estate, insurance bad faith, false promise, business divorce, and unfair competition cases.”

Mancini Shenk has been contacted for comment.

In submissions to the courts in California, it has been alleged Daniel Kinahan is continuing to organise fights for MTK boxers which are “steeped in money obtained from drug trafficking and money laundering”.

MTK Global has consistently denied having any formal business relationship with Daniel Kinahan.

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Last year lawyers for MTK Global told BBC's Panorama that while Mr Kinahan "provides some personal advice to a number of boxers managed by MTK Global", he had never owned, controlled or been an employee of the company.

Mr Montalvo recently revealed to the Sunday World how his firm had served papers on Kinahan in Dubai.

In an interview this week he said his firm are determined to pursue the case depute the difficulties involved.

“They’re taking a position that Daniel Kinahan is not really part of us and he’s not really doing anything and he’s hiding out in Dubai so I can’t touch him or serve him and this and that but that’s not going to bear out.

Mr Montalvo told the Plastic Paddy YouTube channel: “I’ve to go across the earth and try to seize assets and get other governments to help me and all that. That’s my problem, I’ll figure that out.”

In recent years, MTK has repeatedly claimed Kinahan has stepped away from the company.

Last year, a witness statement heard at the High Court in London from MTK’s then CEO Sandra McClumpha who claimed the company’s ties to Kinahan were severed when she took charge three years ago.

Ms McClumpha won a court order against a Twitter user, known only as ‘Whistleblower’, who posted tweets about MTK and Kinahan.

She said: “A great number of the tweets published by the defendant are directed at Mr Kinahan directly, and to MTK by alleged association.

“Mr Kinahan has no interest in (or association with) MTK whatsoever.

“I deny unequivocally MTK’s association with any criminal enterprise.

“As CEO of MTK, I have never had to assist the police with any criminal enquiries, whether about an association with Mr Kinahan or otherwise.

“The business of MTK is commercial and entirely legitimate in every way possible.”

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