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BT Sport launch review after promoter says Daniel Kinahan was paid for Tyson Fury fights

Arum said he had paid Kinahan more than $1 million for each bout

Bob Arum is an old friend of Daniel Kinahan

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

BT Sport has said it will examine their past boxing dealings after promoter Bob Arum revealed he had paid millions in consultancy fees to Daniel Kinahan for fights involving Tyson Fury.

Arum recently revealed he had paid Kinahan more than $1 million for each of Fury’s four bouts against Tom Schwarz, Otto Wallin - as well as both of his fights with Deontay Wilder.

Veteran boxing promoter Arum, who founded Top Rank promotion company in Las Vegas, acts as Fury's promoter in the US.

BT Sports have screened Fury's fights in the UK but insist they have no commercial link to Arum or Top Rank.

But now, the company are said to be now doing 'increased due diligence' on previous transactions around the boxer.

Fury and British-based promoter Frank Warren have maintained they had no knowledge or involvement in any payments from Arum to Kinahan and there is no suggestion of wrongdoing by either.

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

“We have always taken allegations of corruption very seriously, and for the last few years have gone even further to be extremely proactive to ensure that we only deal with legitimate and verified businesses in boxing,” a statement from BT Sport reads.

“This is not limited to but includes taking additional specialist legal advice to ensure more stringent and thorough provisions are included in all contracts. (And) agreement with our partner Queensberry Promotions, for a robust process around the strict ways we conduct business.”

Last week the management company, MTK, that was co-founded by Kinahan and former European champion Matthew Macklin in 2012, collapsed in the wake of sanctions imposed by the US government against Kinahan.

Macklin has since gone on to become a prominent figure on Sky Sports since he parted ways with Kinahan in 2017 but the broadcaster insists he has no remaining business ties with the mobster.

Daniel Kinahan (right) with boxer Tyson Fury

In a statement, Sky Sports told Sportsmail: “Matt Macklin disposed of his stake in MTK in 2017. Since then, he has had no commercial dealings with Daniel Kinahan. Like everyone at Sky Sports, he will fully comply with the US Sanctions.”

When asked about Arum's comments, Sky Sports, which has an output deal with the 90-year-old's Top Rank company, said in a statement: "The payment in question is for fights which Sky Sports had no involvement with and were not screened on Sky.

“Top Rank has confirmed that it has not made any payments to any of the sanctioned companies or individuals for fights broadcast by Sky Sports.”

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