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Kin-connects Daniel Kinahan poses with boxer Lee McGregor as he continues 'sportswashing' campaign

After going camera shy for a short period following the BBC Panorama expose on his criminal past, Kinahan has recently emerged in images with high-profile boxers

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Scottish boxer Lee McGregor (24) posted a photo to his Instagram earlier this week with the drug lord in Dubai

Scottish boxer Lee McGregor (24) posted a photo to his Instagram earlier this week with the drug lord in Dubai

Scottish boxer Lee McGregor (24) posted a photo to his Instagram earlier this week with the drug lord in Dubai

Mob boss Daniel Kinahan’s current cycle of ‘sportwashing’ has been given another spin after he appeared in yet another photographer with a professional fighter.

This time it is Scottish boxer Lee McGregor (24) - who has no involvement in crime - who posted a photo to his Instagram earlier this week with the drug lord in Dubai.

“Surround yourself with positive people who are going to push you towards greatness, good catch up with top people today,” Lee declared.

It follows recent pictures on social media featuring the exiled crime boss with his arms around IBF flyweight champion boxer Sunny Edwards, as well as Liverpool-fighter Darren Till on a beach in the Middle East.

After going camera shy for a short period following the BBC Panorama expose on his criminal past, Kinahan has recently emerged in images with high-profile boxers.

In one recent snap, he can be seen with his arm around IBF flyweight champion boxer Sunny Edwards in Dubai, pointing to a 'No Drugs' slogan on his tee-shirt as he poses for the camera.

Under the photograph, Edwards - who has no involvement in crime - has written: "Always good to see an old friend."

The Liverpool-born fighter has been one of Kinahan's most vocal defenders and recently described him as a "legitimate" businessman.

Last week, Kinahan was also snapped with another Liverpool-fighter Darren Till on a beach in the Middle East.

It was the second time Till - who is signed to MTK Global, which previously denied that the Dublin crime boss has any affiliations with them - has posted images of Daniel Kinahan on his social media accounts.

In March 2020, he posted a photograph on Twitter and launched a staunch defence of his 'friend' Kinahan saying "he had given me more valuable advice as a friend anyone I’ve ever met in a professional capacity."

UFC fighter Till - who has no involvement in crime - described how Kinahan continues to be involved in boxing from his home in the Middle East.

Till wrote: "Good stroll on the beach tonight in Dubai with one of me good pal, Daniel Kinahan is advising Eddie Hearn and Al Haymon is advising Leonard Ellerbe for Eddie Hearn and Leonard Ellerbe to fight. Wow!!

"Good luck Eddie, I’m rooting for you son."

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Darren Till and Daniel Kinahan (right)

Darren Till and Daniel Kinahan (right)

Darren Till and Daniel Kinahan (right)

Kinahan continues to be supported by a number of boxers and fighters - even as he becomes increasingly isolated from the criminal underworld in Ireland.

But Kinahan has been accused of ‘sportwashing’ as he tries to improve his public image away from his cartel’s reputation for drugs and murder.

Fine Gael TD Neale Richmond said no-one should be silent on who the notorious mobster really is.

He explained: “Once again we see Daniel Kinahan lauded by professional fighters as a hugely influential adviser.

“Daniel Kinahan should not be allowed live a charmed life in exile as the families of his gang’s ­victims continue to mourn here in Ireland.

“No one should be silent on who this man really is.

“As per the Irish courts, Daniel Kinahan is the most notorious mob boss Ireland has seen for years, his cartel has heaped misery on the streets of our capital through drugs, terror and murder.

“We need to see promoters, fighters, commercial partners and most importantly the TV companies take a stand and stop this blatant sportwashing.”

The head of the Irish mafia is said to be under increasing pressure as spends his final days of freedom in Dubai as the law enforcement net continues to tighten.

Kinahan moves about with extreme caution in his Dubai bolthole, staying in different places every night and rarely seeing his wife Caoimhe Robinson as he tries to remain on the move while juggling a billion-euro drug empire on the verge of collapse.

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