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hitting out Carl Frampton dismisses Panorama documentary on crime boss Daniel Kinahan’s association with MTK

Boxer says he doesn't know how much 'investigation' was done on BBC programme

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Carl Frampton

Carl Frampton

Carl Frampton

Carl Frampton has dismissed the recent Panorama documentary on crime boss Daniel Kinahan’s association with MTK, the firm the Belfast fighter is registered with.

When asked about the BBC’s 'Boxing and the Mob' that revealed mobster Kinahan’s close links to the company and how he remains influential in the boxing world, Frampton said, “It’s ‘investigative journalism’ but I don’t know how much investigation was done.”

In recent years, MTK has repeatedly claimed Kinahan has stepped away from the company although the company has also recently conceded that he advises some of the boxers it represents.

But the BBC special that focused on Kinahan's involvement in the sport created a fresh wave of controversy that prompted boxing promoter Eddie Hearn to express his frustration, as it had “brought the story to a much bigger audience”.

Kinahan, who is described as an adviser within the sport, led talks on behalf of Tyson Fury with Hearn last summer when an initial two-fight agreement was reached.

After Fury hailed Kinahan for getting that deal “over the line” the ensuing uproar forced the Dubliner step away from the talks. Bob Arum, who co-promotes the Gypsy King with Frank Warren, stepped into his place.

Hearn, who represents megastar Anthony Joshua, later said the controversy “has come around is because of the focus on the fact that Daniel Kinahan is Tyson Fury’s advisor”.

“But now it’s obviously brought the story to a much bigger audience, thus the BBC Panorama story.

“The show we saw the other night didn’t tell the hardcore boxing audience anything different,” he added, “because that story’s been told.

“But what it did do was open that story up to a much wider audience, which is not good for boxing because that’s the wider audience I talk about that I’m trying to convince to bring into boxing.

“With boxing, it always feels like, not certain people, but people never quite want it to get there.”

Kinahan was forced to deny issuing threats to journalists after a member of the BBC Panorama team involved in the investigative documentary on him were informed of a threat to their safety.

The 43-year-old has also said that he continues to be involved in “planning multiple record-breaking and exciting world title fights” and that he has helped stage up to a dozen to date.

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Mob boss Daniel Kinahan.

Mob boss Daniel Kinahan.

Mob boss Daniel Kinahan.

In a lengthy statement he hit out at the non-jury Special Criminal Court, denied being part of a criminal gang, and said that he will “continue to always choose love and choose God” in his life.

Frampton, meanwhile who faces WBO world super-featherweight champion Jamel Herring in Dubai on April 3, has described his falling out with Barry McGuigan, his long-time manager, as “an absolute shame”.

In a recent podcast Frampton said of McGuigan and his sons that he “wouldn’t piss on them if they were on fire”.

“I wouldn’t take that statement back,” said Frampton whose lengthy court battle with the Irish legend ended in November.

“There was genuine trust there for a long time. I loved these people, they were groomsmen at my wedding, I was groomsman at Shane McGuigan’s wedding.

“It’s an absolute shame what happened but it is what it is. That’s life, I suppose. I can laugh about it. I just don’t want to have anything to do with these people anymore but it’s not as if I’m sitting here seething every day. The relationship is dead. I’m not going to dwell on it. It’s done.

“I was actually starting to enjoy court, going down there every day having been cross-examined – I was happy with how that went – and watching other people having the same. There were a lot of funny incidents. I had mates watching it via a link most days and they were really upset when the settlement happened, they had nothing else to do again.”

Still, Frampton in hindsight feels “a weight was lifted” by the case ending.

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