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Sinister trolls Promotion company founded by Daniel Kinahan condemns death threats to boxer Josh Taylor

MTK Global said 'insults, personal attacks and even death threats targeting the fighters, their partners and their families' had to stop immediately

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Josh Taylor, left, celebrates winning his fight against Jack Catterall. Credit: Reuters/Lee Smith

Josh Taylor, left, celebrates winning his fight against Jack Catterall. Credit: Reuters/Lee Smith

Josh Taylor, left, celebrates winning his fight against Jack Catterall. Credit: Reuters/Lee Smith

The boxing promotion organisation affiliated with mobster Daniel Kinahan has condemned the "death threats" and "personal attacks" aimed at Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall following their controversial fight last weekend.

Although Taylor claimed he was the rightful victor, there was widespread shock when it was announced that the Scotsman had won a split decision - meaning he held on to his belts.

It sparked huge controversy in the boxing world with numerous commentators calling into question the result.

Now, however, there has been a more sinister development, with a statement from MTK Global saying that the “insults, personal attacks and even death threats targeting the fighters, their partners and their families” had to stop immediately.

"Boxing has always been a sport that unites communities and supports one another and regardless of Saturday night’s outcome, both Josh and Jack respect each other as men, as athletes and as fans of the sport they have dedicated their lives to,” the statement reads.

"Not only have they endured sacrifice and gruelling training camps away from their families and partners in the lead up to this bout, but their families have sacrificed for the sport too and we ask the public, and the boxing community to respect that and offer their support instead of fuelling an already extremely emotional situation.

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"We ask you to remember that, no matter what the fighters, their teams, their peers, or fight fans believe the result should have been, the decision was not in their hands, but lay in the hands of judging officials and it is our understanding the British Boxing Board of Control are now conducting their own investigation, which we fully encourage."

It adds: "MTK Global has always been a family and we ask you to support our family and their families as they look forward to what we know is going to be an incredible rematch in the very near future."

Boxer Josh Taylor’s manager also revealed that the fighter and his fiancée have been getting death threats since his draw with Catterall.

Jamie Moore wrote on Twitter that he had, “just been told that @JoshTaylorBoxer and his fiancée have been getting death threats and threats of violence.

“That’s outrageous,” he added. “Please leave them alone, it really isn’t their fault, they’re not to blame for the situation and they certainly don’t deserve to be treated like that.”

Ex-champion boxer Moore was himself the innocent victim of a botched murder attempt in August 2014.

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He had been staying at the Marbella villa owned by Daniel Kinahan when he was shot at five times and hit twice - in the leg and the foot.

Meanwhile, Taylor has admitted that while he has thick skin to deal with the aftermath of his controversial win, the abuse his fiancée has been subjected to has got to him.

“I'm fine,” Taylor told the Edinburgh Evening News. “I can take the stick, but it’s the things Danielle has been getting.

“She has been getting hounded on her personal Instagram page with some really vile comments about her. They're disgusting.

“That's what hurts me more, people attacking my family. It's a boxing match at the end of the day. The judges are out of my control.

“I’m thick skinned and people are entitled to their opinion, but slagging my fiancée and the rest of my family just isn't on. It’s disgusting. Some people just have no standards and it is totally uncalled for.”

In the wake of the fight, mobster Kinahan also released a statement saying he had “nothing to hide” after his role in boxing was highlighted in the popular ‘Fight Disciples’ podcast.

The show’s hosts, Adam Catterall and Nick Peet, discussed Kinahan, who they referred to as “the elephant in the room”.

In a prepared statement attributed to Kinahan, who represents both fighters, he says: “Questions now being asked are necessary and timely and I wholeheartedly welcome them.

“Where unethical and corrupt practice exists it's important to expose it.

“I'm proud to represent Josh and Jack who are not only world class fighters but personal friends.

“I will answer any questions asked of me and it's incumbent on others, advisors, managers, promoters, trainers and fighters to do the same.”

Speaking on the podcast, presenter Peet said “Something’s rotten in the state of Denmark" claiming “and that's boxing but everybody needs to be questioned."

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Jack Catterall (left) lands a punch on Josh Taylor in their light-welterweight bout in Glasgow last weekend. Taylor was announced as the victor, but the scoring of the fight is now being investigated by the British Boxing Board of Control. Photo: Steve Welsh/PA Wire

Jack Catterall (left) lands a punch on Josh Taylor in their light-welterweight bout in Glasgow last weekend. Taylor was announced as the victor, but the scoring of the fight is now being investigated by the British Boxing Board of Control. Photo: Steve Welsh/PA Wire

Jack Catterall (left) lands a punch on Josh Taylor in their light-welterweight bout in Glasgow last weekend. Taylor was announced as the victor, but the scoring of the fight is now being investigated by the British Boxing Board of Control. Photo: Steve Welsh/PA Wire

To which co-host Catterall replied: “And then you've got the elephant in the room.

“People are flagging it up quite a bit, but nobody's talking about it in mainstream media. Nobody is talking about the name Daniel Kinahan in mainstream media. Why?

“Yeah we have said his name because it's the elephant in the room. Why is nobody else saying his name. Why is nobody else saying the name Daniel Kinahan. What are you frightened of?”

Peet then adds: “How can one man control both fighters in a fight? And then you come away from it going, ‘I didn't like that’.'

“There's obviously one person that needs to answer questions. Is he playing puppet master with fights? Is he choosing winners? I don't know but if we're gonna start talking about other people being corrupt, we're going to talk about everybody (being) corrupt.

The hosts later said they had “received correspondence” from Daniel Kinahan following the podcast.

Peet read out the statement attributed to Kinahan that says: “Questions now being asked are necessary and timely and I wholeheartedly welcome them.

“Where unethical and corrupt practice exists it's important to expose it.

“Some people have made serious allegations about my involvement in Saturday’s fight. That's why I'm happy to invite scrutiny. I have nothing to hide.

“I'm proud to represent Josh and Jack who are not only world class fighters but personal friends.

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Crime boss Daniel Kinahan has attempted to appear as a legitimate businessman through his connections to high-level boxing.

Crime boss Daniel Kinahan has attempted to appear as a legitimate businessman through his connections to high-level boxing.

Crime boss Daniel Kinahan has attempted to appear as a legitimate businessman through his connections to high-level boxing.

“I will answer any questions asked of me and it's incumbent on others, advisors, managers, promoters, trainers and fighters to do the same.

“Boxing needs to change and I want to play my part in safeguarding the future of the sport.

Above all we need greater transparency in decision-making to ensure fairness for fighters and respect for fans.”

In response, Catterall said they would follow up with more questions but stressed that the issue wasn’t about them “going after one guy”.

“This is us going after boxing in general (and) we have to ask questions of everybody connected to the sport and that’s what we will be doing.”

Daniel Kinahan, named in the High Court as being in control of a drugs cartel, has become a major force in the world of boxing.

Kinahan has made a point of appearing in photos with well-known fighters - none of whom are involved in crime - in recent months in a bid to build an alternative reputation to that of a drugs cartel leader.

In recent years, MTK has repeatedly claimed Kinahan has stepped away from the company.

Last year, a witness statement heard at the High Court in London from MTK’s then CEO Sandra McClumpha who claimed the company’s ties to Kinahan were severed when she took charge three years ago.

Ms McClumpha won a court order against a Twitter user, known only as ‘Whistleblower’, who posted tweets about MTK and Kinahan.

She said: “A great number of the tweets published by the defendant are directed at Mr Kinahan directly, and to MTK by alleged association.

“Mr Kinahan has no interest in (or association with) MTK whatsoever.

“I deny unequivocally MTK’s association with any criminal enterprise.

“As CEO of MTK, I have never had to assist the police with any criminal enquiries, whether about an association with Mr Kinahan or otherwise.

“The business of MTK is commercial and entirely legitimate in every way possible.”

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