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Irish boxer Peter McDonagh praises Daniel Kinahan ahead of podcast debut

'One word to describe him: FAMILY'

Daniel Kinahan with Peter McDonagh (VIA Twitter)

Clodagh Meaney

Irish boxer Peter McDonagh has praised Daniel Kinahan ahead of his podcast debut.

Taking to Twitter, the sports star described the cartel boss, who was named in the High Court as being in control of a drug empire, as ‘family’

“I had more trainers than @JDSports more managers than @SkySportsPL I was on the scrap heap in boxing and life Daniel Kinahan gave me second go in and out the ring one word to describe him FAMILY X,” he wrote tagging podcast host James English and Sunday World.

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The well known podcast presenter and comedian will interview Daniel Kinahan on his popular YouTube channel, which has nearly 350,000 subscribers.

Scotsman James English, an ex-boyfriend of Atomic Kitten star Kerry Katona, will sit down for what he says is a “world exclusive interview” with Dublin mobster Kinahan.

The podcast has hosted a number of notorious guests in the past, such as ex-gangsters Darren Gee and Martin Herbert.

Daniel Kinahan laughed off his Africa connection with James English

English took to Twitter on Thursday to announce that Kinahan would be the next guest on his channel.

Sharing a photo with Kinahan after they finished recording the episode, he said: “A world exclusive interview with Ireland’s Daniel Kinahan coming very soon. My YouTube channel coming soon.”

While English has yet to announce when the interview with Kinahan will air, fans shared their hope that he would be asking Kinahan “the questions everyone wants to hear.”

In a description about his podcast, James English has said: "My anything goes podcast is a place you'll find me talking to people about their real life stories. On my show I chat with comedians, serious criminals, actors, porn stars, doctors, politicians and much more. Everyone has a story and I let them tell it."

It comes after Kinahan released a statement saying he has “nothing to hide” after his role in boxing was questioned following Josh Taylor’s controversial draw with Jack Catterall over the weekend.

Daniel Kinahan and Tyson Fury

He was responding after his name and involvement in the sport was raised in the popular ‘Fight Disciples’ podcast.

In the show, hosts Adam Catterall and Nick Peet discussed Kinahan, who they referred to as “the elephant in the room”.

Kinahan - who represents both fighters - issued a statement on Tuesday saying he will "answer any questions asked of me."

“Questions now being asked are necessary and timely and I wholeheartedly welcome them,” he said in a statement attributed to him.

“Where unethical and corrupt practice exists it's important to expose it.

“I'm proud to represent Josh and Jack who are not only world class fighters but personal friends.”

“I will answer any questions asked of me and it's incumbent on others, advisors, managers, promoters, trainers and fighters to do the same,” he added.

Daniel, the head of the Kinahan mob, has become a major force in the world of boxing.

He has made a point of appearing in photos with well-known fighters - none of whom are involved in crime - in recent months in a bid to build an alternative reputation to that of a drugs cartel leader.

He recently appeared in pictures and a video alongside heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury in Dubai.

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