World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has said he has no connection with the Kinahan cartel and that any claims of a link are “nonsense.” The 27-year-old is in talks to fight former world champion Wladimir Klitschko on July 9.
Christy Kinahan is the mother of Daniel Kinahan, a man who has been accused by Tyson Fury of being involved in the death of his brother. Christy Kinahan says that she has “zero” connection with her son’s alleged killer.
Tyson Fury seemed at ease throughout his workout and took questions afterward.
Tyson Fury, the world heavyweight champion, has said that he has “absolutely zero” commercial or advisory ties to Daniel Kinahan.
Kinahan was one of seven persons sanctioned by the United States last week on a global scale.
Kinahan, an Irishman, has previously counseled Fury, 33.
The British boxer, who will defend his WBC championship against Dillian Whyte on Saturday, has also stated that he will no longer be associated with promotional business MTK Global in 2020.
On Tuesday, Fury made his first public appearance since the sporting world was informed about its ties to the Kinahan organized criminal ring.
“It’s none of my business,” he responded, “and I keep my own business to myself.”
“Nope, nada, absolutely zero,” he said when asked whether he had any commercial or advising contact with Kinahan.
At Wembley Stadium, Fury will meet fellow British heavyweight Whyte, and he reiterated his promoter Frank Warren’s remarks that Kinahan had no part in his impending bout.
However, The Irish Mirror reported last week that Fury’s American promoters, Bob Arum’s Top Rank, had paid Kinahan payments of $1.5-$2 million (£1.1-£1.5 million) for Fury’s last four bouts.
When asked whether he had ever directly paid Kinahan’s consultancy expenses, Fury replied: “No, it’s not true. Nothing.”
“That’s Bob Arum’s own business,” Fury remarked, referring to what he does with his own money.
“If he wants to spend his money on gummy bears, I can’t stop him. I have no influence over what someone does with their own money.”
Warren, who was sitting across the table from Fury while he handled questions, said that his boxer was unaware that Top Rank was paying Kinahan.
“I want to be extremely clear,” he remarked. For starters, Daniel Kinahan is unrelated to this program.
“Second, Tyson was completely ignorant of any payments made by Top Rank to Daniel Kinahan, and he made his opinion plain to Daniel Kinahan a year ago. That’s all there is to it.”
‘Just because I have a photograph doesn’t imply I’m a criminal.’
The public workout at Wembley’s BoxPark had a tense vibe about it. The matter of Fury’s link to Kinahan and his silence on the subject was the elephant in the room, not the 6ft plus heavyweight entertaining the audience in the ring.
Fury and his crew are certain that he end his relationship with Kinahan in 2020.
Kinahan was a co-founder of MTK Global, a boxing agency that represents a number of the sport’s top competitors. MTK and Fury had a two-year connection, according to Fury.
Kinahan claims he terminated links with the promotional firm in 2017, and the promotional company has issued a new statement claiming it has no relations to Kinahan after the penalties were imposed.
MTK logo was formerly worn by Fury (shown in 2019).
MTK reported that Bob Yalen had “stepped down as CEO of MTK Global for personal reasons” while the workout was in progress.
“I’ve never been sponsored by MTK,” Fury said emphatically.
“That [being controlled by MTK] lasted three years, from 2017 to 20. That’s all there is to it. That’s it. Are there any additional probing questions you’d want to ask to attempt to catch me off guard? You can’t because you can’t. I don’t have anything to conceal because I don’t have anything to hide.”
Fury, on the other hand, was seen in Dubai with Kinahan in February.
“Just because I have a photograph doesn’t imply I’m a criminal,” he said.
“I have no control over who enters the building. It’s possible that there’s a criminal in this building, but it doesn’t imply I’m complicit in his illegal activities, does it?”
There have been no charges of impropriety leveled against Fury or any of the other fighters who worked with Kinahan.
Kinahan said that claims of wrongdoing were part of a “campaign” against him after an inquiry uncovered his ongoing presence in the sport last year.
US authorities have announced a $5 million (£3.84 million) reward for information on the Kinahan organized criminal group’s three most senior members.
‘We are not the cops,’ says the narrator.
WBC champion Tyson Fury defends his championship against Dillian Whyte.
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman was also there at the workout, flaunting the ‘Union Belt,’ which will be handed to the victor on Saturday night.
After praising Kinahan on social media during a meeting in Dubai, Sulaiman was compelled to deny that he or the WBC had any contact with him.
Sulaiman claimed to Sport that he had no idea who Kinahan was at the time of the encounter.
“Daniel Kinahan is not someone with whom the WBC or I have any relations. In all nations, we are respected. We’ve got nothing to conceal “he said
“I was in Dubai, where there were a lot of individuals and I met a lot of them. It was merely a meeting that I agreed to. We met because fighters had expressed great feelings about him.”
Sulaiman said that the WBC took the punishments seriously, but that the sanctioning body had “not considered” continuing to do business with boxers having Kinahan ties.
Sulaiman went on to say that he did not feel boxing had an issue with monitoring and that the sport was “clean.”
With boxing’s reputation under scrutiny, Warren confessed he was worried about the sport’s future.
“I’m worried,” he added, “but I’m also concerned about some of the misinformation that’s floating about.”
“By the way, neither Tyson nor I have ever violated the law.” I’m not sure what more to say. Is boxing’s reputation tarnished? In only two days, we’ve sold 94,000 tickets.
“Are we going to make a lot of money on PPV? We are, indeed. We’re quite aware of our responsibilities as players and caretakers of the sport, but we’re not cops. We aren’t the cops.”
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