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Daniel Kinahan lavished with praise by UK boxing promoter in latest social media outing

Kinahan made headlines across the globe when he posed with heavyweight champion 'Gypsy King' Tyson Fury in a Dubai gym

Daniel Kinahan and Sam Jones

Niall Donald

Cartel boss Daniel Kinahan has continued his social media blitz as he posed for the camera again with boxing executive Sam Jones.

The once-shy gang boss has made it his business to appear in a series of images posted on Twitter in recent weeks.

Kinahan made headlines across the globe when he was pictured with heavyweight champion 'Gypsy King' Tyson Fury in a Dubai gym earlier this week.

Last night, promoter Sam Jones - who has previously defended Kinahan's involvement in the sport - described the Irish Mafia chief "brilliant" for boxing.

Jones, who is not involved in crime, works for boxing company Probellum where his title is Talent Relations for the UK.

Writing on Twitter, Jones said:

"Always good seeing my friend Daniel , Great advice as always and brilliant for the sport."

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Kinahan's recent publicity blitz was not well-received by the Irish government who have spoken to UAE officials about the exiled crime boss.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar said:

"I think I had the same reaction as any other citizen would have, obviously I'm not at all impressed to see that photograph, he said.

"There has been contact between our authorities and the authorities in the UAE about that matter.

"I don't have an update at the moment but I'll be speaking to the Minister for Justice later on."

Daniel Kinahan and Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury - who is not involved in crime - had previously praised Kinahan for his role in guiding his career and publicly acknowledged he negotiates on his behalf.

After a deal was done for Fury to fight Anthony Joshua in 2020, the Gyspy King took to social media to proclaim: "I'm just after getting off the phone there with Daniel Kinahan.

"He's just informed me that the biggest fight in British boxing history has just been agreed."

Kinahan has repeatedly posed for photographs with fighters - none of whom are involved in crime - in his Dubai base.

In one snap, Kinahan could been seen pointing to a 'No Drugs' slogan on a tee-shirt with fighter Sunny Edwards.

Under the photograph, Edwards - who has no involvement in crime - has written: "Always good to see an old friend."

Daniel Kinahan pictured with Sunny Edwards

The Liverpool-born fighter has been one of Kinahan's most vocal defenders and has previously described him as a "legitimate" businessman.

Bizarrely - and probably knowingly - Kinahan smiles for the camera as he points to Edwards' t-shirt which bears the caption: "No Drugs, No Champions."

The previous week he was also snapped with another Liverpool-fighter Darren Till on a beach in the Middle East.

Darren Till and Daniel Kinahan (right)

It was the second time Till - who is represented by MTK Global - has posted images of Daniel Kinahan on his social media accounts.

In March 2020, he posted a photograph on Twitter and launched a staunch defence of his 'friend' Kinahan saying "he had given me more valuable advice as a friend anyone I’ve ever met in a professional capacity."

UFC fighter Till - who has no involvement in crime - described how Kinahan continues to be involved in boxing from his home in the Middle East.

Till wrote: "Good stroll on the beach tonight in Dubai with one of me good pal, Daniel Kinahan is advising Eddie Hearn and Al Haymon is advising Leonard Ellerbe for Eddie Hearn and Leonard Ellerbe to fight. Wow!!

"Good luck Eddie, I’m rooting for you son."

Kinahan continues to be supported by a number of boxers and fighters - even as he becomes increasingly isolated from the criminal underworld in Ireland.

We revealed how the head of the Irish mafia was said to be under increasing pressure as he spends his final days of freedom in Dubai while the law enforcement net continues to tighten.

Kinahan moves about with extreme caution in his Dubai bolthole, staying in different places every night and rarely seeing his wife Caoimhe Robinson as he tries to remain on the move while juggling a billion-euro drug empire on the verge of collapse.

Daniel Kinahan

Leading boxing writer Alan Dawson recently revealed how sources have told him Daniel Kinahan micromanages his appearances on social media.

US journalist Dawson - who is the combat sports correspondent for Insider magazine - made the comment after Kinahan recently posed for a number of photographs on social media.

According to Dawson, who is well-known for his investigations into Kinahan's involvement in boxing, that whenever Kinahan's name, or image, crops up “it's because he, specifically, wants it to”.

“He tells people what to say and is a micromanager in this game, according to sources with direct knowledge of his actions,” Dawson tweeted.

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