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International press focus on Tyson Fury's links to Daniel Kinahan ahead of Deontay Wilder fight

Fury has previously publically praised Daniel Kinahan for his role in his boxing career.
Daniel Kinahan was name checked by Tyson Fury

Daniel Kinahan was name checked by Tyson Fury

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

WBC heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury and rival Deontay Wilder return to the ring for a big-money trilogy bout tonight - but Fury’s links to Kinahan continue to hang over the bout.

Their two previous encounters proved a major hit with fans who will be tuning in across the world for the battle that will be broadcast in the early hours of the morning here in Ireland.

However, ahead of the fight, Fury's association with crime boss Daniel Kinahan has also featured in a series of high-profile articles.

There is no suggestion that Tyson Fury has any links to criminality.

Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury

The Irish mob boss has been mentioned in the Financial Times, the Daily Mail, The Times and the magazine, Insider.

In an article about the fight, the Financial Times write:

"Another complication is Fury’s association with MTK Global, a boxing consultancy co-founded by Daniel Kinahan, an Irish citizen residing in Dubai, who Fury publicly thanked for brokering the now-delayed fight with Joshua.

"The High Court in Dublin has previously named Kinahan as leader of an international drug cartel.

"Following a BBC documentary on his involvement in boxing, Kinahan released a lengthy statement in February, which included: 'I am not a part of a criminal gang or any conspiracy. I have no convictions'."

Meanwhile, the TImes also focus on Gypsy King's association with the crime figure.

They write about how Fury 'thanked' Daniel Kinahan for his help arranging a proposed fight with Anthony Joshua and point out Kinahan has been named as the head of a crime gang in the High Court by CAB.

In March 2017, Fury posted a selfie taken with Kinahan on his Twitter account where they are both seen smiling for the camera.

In an article in the magazine, Insider, entitled 'Tyson Fury's association with suspected mob boss Daniel Kinahan overshadows Deontay Wilder fight', reporter Alan Dawson details the operation of the Kinahan Organised Crime Group.

Daniel Kinahan leaves court in Estepona after his arrest

Daniel Kinahan leaves court in Estepona after his arrest

He wrties: "Kinahan, who currently lives in Dubai, is a 44-year-old Irishman who is also a suspected drug baron, although he has never been convicted of a crime. In 2019, he was named in a high court in Ireland as the figurehead of the $1 billion Kinahan Organized Crime Group, also known as The Cartel.

"The Kinahan Organized Crime Group allegedly has interests in hard drugs, weapons, and, according to a special criminal court, specializes in execution-style murders."

He adds: "One boxing source with knowledge of the situation, who spoke to Insider under the condition of anonymity, doubted that Kinahan would ever leave boxing for good.

"Last year, the source told us Kinahan would always strive to be involved at the sport's highest echelons and with the best fighters behind the scenes or, preferably, in front of them."

The Daily Mail also look at a number of controversies surrounding Tyson Fury, writing:

"There will always be a few caveats with Fury, either as the echo of bigoted remarks that now, thankfully, seem to be a thing of his past, or more recently his affiliation with Daniel Kinahan, the alleged mob boss."

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