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Tyson Fury storms out of Sky Sports interview amid barrage of Daniel Kinahan questions

Tyson Fury in training at Boxpark in Wembley, London. Photo: Nick Potts/PA

Kevin Palmer

Tyson Fury stormed out of an interview with Sky Sports and vowed never to speak to the broadcaster again as he was put on the spot over his links with mob boss Daniel Kinahan.

In a heated exchanged with Sky Sports News ahead of his mega-fight with Dillian Whyte at Wembley on Saturday, the world heavyweight champion answered plenty of questions about the fight before the subject turn to Kinahan.

Here is a full transcript of the exchange with Kaveh Solhekol, which ended with Fury ending the interview and vowing never to speak to Sky Sports again.

Q: We had the situation last week with Daniel Kinahan sanctioned by the US government - what was your relationship with him and going forward?

Tyson Fury: I've just had a million questions about this rubbish before, but like I've said to them, it's none of my business, and I don't get involved in others' business, so it doesn't really concern me.

Q: Was he involved in this fight?

TF: No, no involvement.

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Q: Do you still speak to him? Is he still somebody that is close to you?

TF: He's not my father, let's just say that.

Q: A lot has been made of the fact you were pictured with him in February, does that suggest you are still close to him?

TF: To be honest I've never been close to anybody apart from my wife and kids, so there we are.

Q: It's obviously a serious matter…

TF: But again it's none of my concern or interest.

Q: He was somebody you had business dealings with, do your regret being close to him?

TF: As I say, none of my interest, none of my concern at all. I don't regret anything, life is too short for regrets. None of my business or concern. Someone asked me about Ukraine recently, none of my concern or business. Nothing to with me. I keep my own business to myself.

Daniel Kinahan (right) with boxer Tyson Fury

Q: The difference between that and Ukraine is obviously Daniel Kinahan is someone you've had personal business relationships with.

TF: Yeah but I've also had a personal business relationship with Wladimir Klitschko haven't I? Don't forget we made each other millions of dollars. So it's the same, isn't it?

Q: It's slightly different because you don't have personal involvement in the war in Ukraine, this is something you have had a personal involvement in…

TF: OK, and what do you want me to do about that?

Q: I'm just asking you…

TF: And I've told you, three times, that it's nothing to do with me, and I don't care

Q: But it was something to do with you in the past.

TF: What a man does in his own business is none of my concern, I am a boxing man, I don't get involved in anyone's business at all. I don't care what you've done, I'm only concerned in what I do, and I don't do anything apart from box. End of.

Q: Going forward, having seen what US authorities have said will you be severing ties with him?

TF: What the US have said they've said, and that's it, we have to listen to the government, and that's what we do. End of. Because I don't want to get into trouble with the US government, and I never have been, and that's it.

Q: So you won't be dealing with him business-wise going forward then?

TF: I haven't done any dealing business with him for a long time. I think there was a statement released in 2020, so that was the end of the business. The fight with Joshua didn't happen and that was it.

Q: Bob Arum said he'd made more than a million dollars…

TF: I seen that.

Q: So he was involved in those fights?

TF: What Bob Arum does with his own money is his own business. If he goes to spend it on gummy bears or cans of pop, I don't care what he does with it. He's got plenty to give out, so what Bob does with his own money isn't my concern. When you get paid your wages, what you spend it on is not my concern, because it's not my money.

Q: Final question, you are heavyweight champion of the world, an idol, role model to millions around the world, surely this is something you need to distance yourself from…

TF: I think it's going to be a great fight on the night. I'm not here to talk politics, war or religion from you, trying to probe for me to say something. I'm not interested in others' concerns. Don't care, none of my business. I'm a boxing man and I've got a fight to think about, enough said. Thank you very much and I won't be doing any more interviews with Sky.

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