Josh Taylor, a big name at super lightweight (from which he is supposed to exit), and Tyson Fury, a heavyweight star, have been fingered for links to organized crime. Two British sports figures are now under fire. Specifically, they have been linked to the Kinahan Clan, an organization for which the United States is giving a $5.4 million reward to anyone who can dismantle it.
The Kinahans are linked to drug trafficking, murder, and money laundering. Among their many links, there is a connection to the two British fighters and suspicion of laundering money through those figures. And if proven, there could be sanctions. “If you negotiate you are linked in a criminal network,” Drew Harris, a member of the Irish police, has assured the BBC.
Who is the leader of the Kinahan clan?
Specifically, Daniel Kinahan, one of the brains behind the organization, is a well-known Dublin fight promoter, as well as co-founder of MTK Global Agency, which represents big names such as Fury. In theory, the Irish gangster disassociated himself in 2017, but there are images that may contradict this.
Like Fury’s thank you to Kinahan for seeking a high-profile fight against Joshua. And a subsequent photo together. On the other hand, Taylor has also made no secret of his bond with Kinahan. “He’s a great advisor,” commented the also represented by MTK Global.
And from the boxing organizations themselves, sympathy has been shown for Kinahan. “He improves the lives of boxers in a special way,” said Mauricio Sulaiman, president of the World Boxing Council.
U.S. wants to catch the Kinahans, who deny the accusations
In view of this, the security forces have made a blunt statement: “If you work with them, you are working with individuals involved in drug trafficking. And with tragic consequences in Ireland and Spain, including murders.
Although Kinahan defends himself by stating that “this is a campaign against me”, British media such as the BBC maintain that there is a continuous link between the clan and the sport.