People should Show a lot of Respect to Boxing Legend Barry McGuigan; he Spoke without fear and with integrity. BBC Panorama gave a very Detailed Programme on the workings globally of the Kinahan Cartel, which has morphed into Boxing elitism?

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Allegations in new documentary that Daniel Kinahan continues to work in boxing

 01/02/2021  

It has been claimed that the alleged crime boss Daniel Kinahan continues to work in the realm of boxing.

The 43-year-old Dublin man has never been convicted of criminal activity, but it has been alleged in the High Court that he is at the head of one of Europe’s largest drug cartels.

Kinahan was one of the founders of boxing management firm MTK Global, but it was announced in 2017 that he would step back from his role in the business and he retired from the sport more generally in 2020.

It has been claimed that the alleged crime boss Daniel Kinahan continues to work in the realm of boxing. Pic: Collins Dublin

A BBC Panorama documentary with Kinahan as its subject aired on BBC One on Monday evening, and the programme claimed that the suspected gangster is still involved in boxing.

MTK has confirmed that Kinahan continues to advise some of its boxers in a personal capacity, while the Panorama team spoke to several prominent figures within the sport who have expressed concern at the Dublin native’s ongoing influence and power.

Speaking to Panorama, former world champion Barry McGuigan claimed there is an ‘intimidation effect’ attached to Kinahan.

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Speaking to Panorama, former world champion Barry McGuigan claimed there is an ‘intimidation effect’ attached to Kinahan.  Pic: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Mr McGuigan said: ‘There is no doubt that there is an intimidation effect, there is no question about that.

‘If we were to believe what we believe, this is a very dangerous man.’

The Monaghan-born boxing promoter continued: ‘Someone has got to look out for this sport. They really need to look at this situation very carefully, because it’s bloody dangerous.’

The Monaghan-born boxing promoter continued: ‘Someone has got to look out for this sport. They really need to look at this situation very carefully, because it’s bloody dangerous.’ Pic: Press Eye Ltd/REX/Shutterstock

Kinahan has been named in the High Court as the leader of the Kinahan organised crime group, which has been acknowledged by the courts as being involved in drug trafficking, money laundering and gangland executions. Kinahan is the son of Christy Kinahan Sr, a convicted heroin dealer who is believed to have founded the Kinahan Organised Crime Group.

The 43-year-old was the intended target of a shooting that took place at a weigh-in at Dublin’s Regency Hotel ahead of a European lightweight championship boxing match in February 2016.

Kinahan had left the weigh-in early, but the shooting resulted in the death of boxer David Byrne, and sparked a deadly gangland feud that has claimed 18 lives to date.

Kinahan had left the weigh-in early, but the shooting resulted in the death of boxer David Byrne, and sparked a deadly gangland feud that has claimed 18 lives to date.  Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Panorama also spoke to Assistant Garda Commissioner John O’Driscoll, head of the Garda units investigating organised and serious crime.

Speaking about the Kinahan Organised Crime Group, Mr O’Driscoll stated: ‘I think it is reasonable to assume that we will achieve our ultimate objective, which is to put the Kinahan Organised Crime Group out of business and to bring the hierarchy of the crime group before the courts. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000ry0d

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