British boxer Tyson Fury has allegedly been denied entry to the United States of America owing to his connection to wanted criminal Daniel Kinahan.
Irishman Kinahan has been sanctioned by the US Treasury for his involvement in organised crime. There is a reward out for information or assistance which could lead to his arrest.
Gang boss Kinahan used to run the boxing promotion and management company MTK Global, which represented Fury, among others.
The US government, in collaboration with their Irish counterparts, is attempting a crackdown on the Kinahan Organised Crime Group (KOCG) and is investigating those with past connections to its leaders.
According to the Sunday World, Fury was prevented from boarding a flight from the UK to the US on Friday night for this very reason.
That would put Fury among the more than 600 people with alleged Kinahan links who have been barred from entering the US, per figures from John O’Driscoll, Assistant Garda Commissioner.
Kinahan used to act as an adviser to Fury, his most high-profile client, although the pair were seen together as recently as February this year.
Fury’s co-promoter Frank Warren has dismissed the story about the boxer being unable to travel to the US and counter-claimed that the 33-year-old was in Liverpool on Friday night to see his cousin fight.