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Video showing Tyson Fury receiving luxury MTK Hublot watch as gift goes viral

The watch can range from €31,000 to as much as €70,000 on some sites

The Hublot watch given to Tyson Fury

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

Footage showing luxury Hublot watches being given as gifts to some of the fighters in the now-disbanded MTK Global stable has gone viral.

MTK, the boxing promotions company that was co-founded by Daniel Kinahan in 2012, collapsed recently after sanctions were placed on the leaders of the Kinahan Cartel.

The once-powerful boxing firm claimed they were subjected to “unprecedented levels of unfair scrutiny and criticism”.

And now, a link to an old YouTube video featuring MTK fighter Tyson Fury expressing delight as he unveils his expensive gift has gone viral.

In the short clip, Fury can be heard exclaiming as he opens the MTK-branded box containing the watch which can range from €31,000 to as much as €70,000 on some sites.

“Big shout out to the best team in the world, MTK Global,” he says. “Just got delivery of my new, MTK Global limited edition, Hublot..wow, look at that.

“Let’s take it out of the box.”

Another, female, voice says, “can I have it?” To which Fury replies: “Can you heck."

He then adds: “Yep, the MTK Global Hublot special edition, specially for the Gypsy King. Only 50 of these pieces ever made, and it says on there (as he turns it over to show an inscription on the back) "MTK 2020.

“Thank you everyone at MTK Global, for making this a very special bank holiday weekend,” he says. “God bless.”

Meanwhile, another tweet set out by the ‘Art Hostage’ account shows a picture of one of the watches and a link to Darren Till’s Instagram post, now deleted, but which says: “Thanks @mtkglobal for my limited edition @hublot ????”

Tyson Fury, who has no connection to crime, recently described the sanctions against Daniel Kinahan as "nowt to do with me" as he said he has "absolutely zero" business with the crime boss.

In the wake of the sanctions being issued, Fury was asked if he had any business with Kinahan, to which he replied”: "Zero, absolutely zero.

“That’s none of your business and none of anybody else’s business, I don’t think. Is it?” Fury said. “My business is my business; your business is yours.

“Like I say, it’s got nothing to do with me in boxing. I’m just a stupid boxer who gets punched in the face for a living. If I wasn’t, I wouldn’t be here, would I?

“I’ve said this to quite a few people this week: I don’t get involved in other people’s businesses, and I keep mine to myself, and that’s it.

“What other people do in their own lives... I’ve got my own troubles and my own problems to work on myself with a wife and six kids, so I keep my business to myself.”

Asked if the US moves against Kinahan had been a distraction, Fury said: "Has it been a distraction? Not really, it's got nowt to do with me, has it?

A number of MTK boxers expressed their sadness after the boxing company announced they were to cease operations.

Taking to Twitter, Ohara Davies said that MTK “will be missed.

“Best management in the business @MTKGlobal will be missed, a great platform for small hall and also a top level fighters who will now have to find a new management team…”

“Very sad day for Boxing,” he continued.

“Shame on those who have caused this by spreading unfactual rumours.”

“Probellum is the future,” he said in another tweet.

Jay Harris also weighed in on the news.

“Gutted @MTKGlobal has had to end. They have done so much for everyone of their boxers, took myself [from] nothing to fighting for a world title in America in 18 months.

Lee Eaton added: “Best 6.5 years of my life!!! End of an era!!! Over & out.”

Daniel Kinahan was hit with worldwide financial sanctions alongside his father Christopher Snr and brother Christopher Jnr by the US Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Tyson Fury celebrates winning his fight against Dillian Whyte. Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

Authorities issued a $5million bounty for information leading to the arrest or conviction of the three most senior members of the cartel group for smuggling narcotics to Europe, laundering money, and committing murders as part of its criminal enterprise.

MTK Global said it “will comply fully with the sanctions made by the US government against Daniel Kinahan.”

The statement from MTK reads: “As a business we have faced unprecedented levels of unfair scrutiny and criticism since the sanctioning by the US government of Daniel Joseph Kinahan."

“It is a matter of public record that Mr Kinahan’s involvement in MTK ceased in 2017, and despite repeated reassurances in this regard, unfounded allegations about his ongoing association with us and our fighters persist.”

“Since leading promoters have now informed us that they will be severing all ties to MTK and will no longer work with our fighters, we've taken the difficult decision to cease operations at the end of this month.”

“MTK prospered because we always put the long term interests of our fighters at the heart of what we do.”

It adds: “Our priority in the weeks ahead will be to ensure that our world class boxers are supported to find new partnerships as swiftly as possible."

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