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Stand by your Dan Jono Carroll is first boxer to come out in support of Daniel Kinahan after US sanctions

"I’ll always be thankful for his help and guidance in this sport."

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Jono Carroll with Daniel Kinahan.  Photo:  Twitter

Jono Carroll with Daniel Kinahan. Photo: Twitter

Jono Carroll with Daniel Kinahan. Photo: Twitter

Dublin boxer Jono Carroll has come out in support of Daniel Kinahan, the first boxer to do so since the US government announced a $5 million reward for information on the cartel boss.

Taking to social media the 30-year-old reshared an old tweet praising the drug lord and said: “Mother f**kers can say what yous (sic) want, this man gave me opportunity’s (sic) in this sport and without him I would of (sic) walked away a long time ago, I stand by everything I said here, I’ll always be thankful for his help and guidance in this sport.”

The tweet he was referring to from February 2022 said: “Without this man I wouldn't be still in this boxing game, he's a true legend of the sport.”

“He should be celebrated from the boxing world, without him half of these big fights would never of happened, #facts #real #talk.”

On follower replied: “Jono I am fan. But this man has brought so much misery to Dublin's inner city and beyond.”

To which the lightweight boxer replied: “Thanks for the support my man I appreciate that.”

“But all that shit has nothing to do with me, I treat people how they treat me, and I’ve always got nothing but love a respect of him so he got that back the same way anyone would, So I don’t care about all the other bullshit.”

Another said: “Well at least you’ve said something. Been a quiet place the last few days.”

To which he again replied, defending Kinahan: “I’m just speaking my truth bro, I got good fights from his friendships with these promoters who are all gone quiet, but at the end of the day he got me good fights and I’ll be forever thankful, but the promoters pay the fighters just so everyone understands that shit.”

Kinahan’s former boxing promoter pal Bob Arum has said that he is cutting ties with the criminal.

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Mr Arum, who is Tyson Fury's co-promoter, told Newstalk Breakfast he will cut all ties with Mr Kinahan.

"Frankly I was very surprised because I didn't realise that the United States was involved in that activity - so it really surprised me."

"I was surprised because I had no inkling that it was coming down, that there was any type of US involvement here.”

"I knew all of the accusations from the Irish side of it - the Irish media and all of that - but I didn't even contemplate that the US would be involved.”

Meanwhile, Michael Conlon is also trying to sever relations with MTK Global and Hoopoe Sports who are both linked to Kinahan.

A rep for the fighter told Sunday World: “Michael has no links to MTK Global. Him (sic) and Jamie set up their independent management and promotional company, Conlan Boxing, in July 2021 and Michael is managed by Jamie through this.”

"Michael hadn't heard of Hoopoe Sports until yesterday and has no connection with them.”

"Michael wasn't aware that he was on the MTK website or the Hoopoe Sports website until yesterday and is taking the necessary steps to get his inclusion removed."

On Tuesday, a press conference was held by An Garda Siochana in conjunction with the US Department of State, Europol and the UK National Crime agency.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris was joined by Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll, who is in charge of Serious and Organised Crime, as well as speakers from the Drugs Enforcement Agency (DEA), and US Customs & Border Control.

At the briefing, US Ambassador to Ireland Claire Cronin announced a whopping $5 million reward for key information leading to the Kinahan gang being dismantled.

The has told the media that the US Department of State is offering the reward for information "leading to the financial disruption" of the Kinahan transnational group, or the arrest and conviction of its leaders.

The three leaders of the gang are named by the authorities as Daniel Kinahan, who runs the day-to-day operations, his father Christy Kinahan Snr who organises property purchases, and Christy Kinahan Jnr who oversees their finances.

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