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On the ropes MP says UK Government must 'urgently' address Daniel Kinahan's involvement in boxing

Last week Kinahan, who has no criminal convictions, but was named in courts here as the head of a prominent drug cartel, confirmed he is organising "multiple world title fights", while insisting that allegations of criminality are part of a "campaign" against him.

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Daniel Kinahan has surrounded himself with a tight inner circle in his desert bolthole in Dubai

Daniel Kinahan has surrounded himself with a tight inner circle in his desert bolthole in Dubai

Daniel Kinahan has surrounded himself with a tight inner circle in his desert bolthole in Dubai

A British MP has said the UK government must “urgently” address the involvement of crime boss Daniel Kinahan in professional boxing.

On Tuesday, the deputy leader of the Alliance Party Stephen Farry MP accused ministers of a "passive response" to a series of questions he had asked in the wake of the BBC Panorama programme, ‘Boxing And The Mob’.

The BBC said their programme “investigates the murky world behind the glamour of the big fights and the suspected gangster who has been welcomed to boxing’s top table”.

It added: “How did he become involved in setting up Britain’s biggest ever bout – the fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world?”

Last week Kinahan, who has no criminal convictions, but was named in courts here as the head of a prominent drug cartel, confirmed he is organising "multiple world title fights", while insisting that allegations of criminality are part of a "campaign" against him.

In the wake of the programme, Farry wrote to the government asking what plans it had to introduce regulation of advisers in boxing, a fit and proper person test for those involved in the sport, and what steps it was taking to ensure that it was not influenced by people alleged to be involved in organised crime.

The Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) replied, saying fit and proper persons tests "are a matter for the national governing bodies".

"We do not intend to intervene in this autonomy at this time but we expect national governing bodies and competition structures to put adequate levels of protections in place," it said.

In response, Farry - who represents the North Down constituency in Belfast - tweeted "self-regulation has not happened so far", and said he would be following up further with the government on "serious issues surrounding Daniel Kinahan's role in professional boxing".

Fine Gael's Neale Richmond who was spoken previously on the issue, has hailed Farry for continuing to raise the issue.

He said: “While the response is disappointing, it is very important to see this being raised in the UK too.

“The influence of Daniel Kinahan on boxing must be questioned at every turn until the sport is rid of his influence.”

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MTK, formally MGM, was co-founded by Kinahan in 2012.

The management firm claimed he had stepped away in 2017 but last year it emerged he was key behind megastar Tyson Fury’s comeback and was advising him and other MTK boxers.

While Kinahan has been supported by many in the game, promoter Eddie Hearn described the BBC Panorama programme as “bad news” for the sport.

The High Court here established in 2018 that Kinahan oversees the day-to-day operations of the cartel and plays an integral part in the importation of drugs.

Last week, Kinahan released a statement to TalkSport in the UK saying he has organised over a dozen world title fights and is to continue working at its highest level, while also claiming he is innocent of any crimes.

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