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Daniel Win-ahan Mobster Daniel Kinahan has 'nothing to hide' after controversial Josh Taylor decision

"I'm proud to represent Josh and Jack who are not only world class fighters but personal friends," Kinahan has claimed in a statement.

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Daniel Kinahan

Daniel Kinahan

Daniel Kinahan

Mobster Daniel Kinahan has 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. 

Although Taylor claimed he was the rightful victor, there was widespread shock when it was announced that the Scotsman had won a split decision - meaning he held on to his belts.

Mob boss Kinahan 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”.

Now, Kinahan - who represents both fighters - has issued a statement earlier today saying he will "answer any questions asked of me."

In a prepared statement attributed to Kinahan, he says: “Questions now being asked are necessary and timely and I wholeheartedly welcome them.

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Daniel Kinahan

Daniel Kinahan

Daniel Kinahan

“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.”

Kinahan issued the statement after his involvement in boxing became the focus of the popular boxing podcast.

Saturday's split decision has sparked huge controversy in the boxing world with numerous commentators calling into question the result.

Following the decision, Jack Catterall stormed off, later claiming he had given Taylor a “lesson”, and adding on social media: “Boxing shame on you.”

His trainer, Jamie Moore, later claimed Saturday’s decision could have serious ramifications for the future of boxing.

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Speaking on the podcast, presenter Peet said “Something’s rotten in the state of Denmark" claiming “and that's boxing but everybody needs to be questioned."

To which co-host Catterall replied: “And then you've got the elephant in the room.

“This is the thing that has started to annoy me now over the last couple of times because people are coming to us and starting to talk about it on social media.

“People are flagging it up quite a bit, but nobody's talking about it in mainstream media. Nobody is talking about the name Daniel Kinahan in mainstream media. Why?

“Analyse the fight at the weekend. You have a fighter in the red corner and he (Kinahan), according to multiple sources, is the adviser, whatever that means, of both of those fighters.

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Josh Taylor, left, celebrates winning his fight against Jack Catterall. Credit: Reuters/Lee Smith

Josh Taylor, left, celebrates winning his fight against Jack Catterall. Credit: Reuters/Lee Smith

Josh Taylor, left, celebrates winning his fight against Jack Catterall. Credit: Reuters/Lee Smith

“So we will ask over the next couple of weeks or the next couple of days as people are watching this and starting to consume it and thinking fu**ing hell, the lads have said his name.

“Yeah we have said his name because it's the elephant in the room. Why is nobody else saying his name. Why is nobody else saying the name Daniel Kinahan. What are you frightened of?”

Peet then adds: “How can one man control both fighters in a fight? And then you come away from it going, ‘I didn't like that’.'

“There's obviously one person that needs to answer questions. Is he playing puppet master with fights? Is he choosing winners? I don't know but if we're gonna start talking about other people being corrupt, we're going to talk about everybody (being) corrupt.

“Everybody in the sport then, so all these major players in the sport, (and) the guy that, depending on who you ask, is the most important man in boxing and he's the most controversial man in boxing for obvious reasons as well.

“Everyone has seen (the) documentary,” he added, referring to the BBC’s Panorama documentary, 'Boxing and the Mob', that examined Kinahan’s involvement in boxing.

“What role is he playing all this?

Peet then says: “And that’s the thing, if he's pulling all these strings, if he runs all these fighters..is he registered with the board of control as a manager?

"I don't know how it works. These are the questions that we need to answer because this is the slipstream now.

“I want to ask everybody these questions.”

The hosts later said they had “received correspondence” from Daniel Kinahan following the podcast.

In a video posted on Facebook, Catterall states: “We were approached yesterday by a fighter who will remain nameless (but) who knows Mr Kinahan and he acted as an intermediary in order to achieve a statement from Daniel Kinahan for us and you on this podcast.”

Peet then says, “We received this just earlier this morning and this has been verified that it that it came from Daniel Kinahan.”

He then reads out the statement attributed to Kinahan that says: “Questions now being asked are necessary and timely and I wholeheartedly welcome them.

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

“Some people have made serious allegations about my involvement in Saturday’s fight. That's why I'm happy to invite scrutiny. I have nothing to hide.

“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.

“Boxing needs to change and I want to play my part in safeguarding the future of the sport.

Above all we need greater transparency in decision-making to ensure fairness for fighters and respect for fans.”

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Daniel Kinahan being arrested in Spain in 2010

Daniel Kinahan being arrested in Spain in 2010

Daniel Kinahan being arrested in Spain in 2010

In response, Catterall said they would follow up with more questions but stressed that the issue wasn’t about them “going after one guy”

“This is us going after boxing in general (and) we have to ask questions of everybody connected to the sport and that’s what we will be doing.”

Daniel Kinahan, named in the High Court as being in control of a drugs cartel, has become a major force in the world of boxing.

Kinahan 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.

Earlier this month he stood grinning for the camera, pointing his finger alongside heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, who is not involved in crime.

In another photo Kinahan is seen pointing to a 'No Drugs' slogan on a t-shirt with fighter Sunny Edwards.

The week before that he was photographed with Liverpool fighter Darren Till on a beach.

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