Exclusive: BT Sport under pressure not to show Tyson Fury's rematch with Deontay Wilder over matchmaker controversy
Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder - GETTY IMAGES
BT Sport is under pressure not to show Tyson Fury's rematch with Deontay Wilder after alleging that the alleged criminal who helped him broker a deal to fight Anthony Joshua also has a role in his trilogy of meetings played with the American.
Following Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar's call for a sports and media boycott of Joshua Fury over Daniel Kinahan's involvement in the planned two-fight showdown, Telegraph Sport was informed that the alleged kingpin was the gypsy king's triumphant final fight with Wilder and the upcoming third installment negotiated.
BT Sport - who denied doing business with Kinahan - said on Friday that it could not comment on the pressure that Varadkar and other politicians had put on a Joshua and Fury fight that "did not confirm" and "us." was not offered ". .
The pay-TV giant showed both of Fury's previous competitions with Wilder, the second under a multi-year all-around deal signed last year and a boxing source that had done business with Kinahan, the 42-year-old told Telegraph Sport both this competition and Fury-Wilder III "negotiated".
This prompted BT not to show their recent rematch from Neale Richmond, a member of the Irish Parliament and party colleague from Varadkar.
"When it comes to the future fight between Fury and Joshua, we know that Daniel Kinahan was central," he said.
"And why it became such a big problem in the mainstream is because it was checked three times by name in Tyson Fury's advertisements.
“If it turns out that he was the matchmaker for Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, everything has been said about Fury-Joshua so far.
"And of course, every broadcaster, sponsor or international boxing community needs to be aware that including Daniel Kinahan at any level is simply not acceptable."
Kinahan has no criminal record, but his country's Criminal Assets Bureau informed the Dublin High Court in 2018 that he "managed and controlled" the drug trade of a notorious cartel that also smuggled weapons into Ireland, the UK, and mainland Europe .
He was reportedly named by a police officer before a Spanish court the same year after ordering the murder of rival gangster Gary Hutch in 2015. He is said to have been banned from entering the United States because of his alleged activities.
The Dubai-based cartel is said to have been involved in a feud that killed 20 people in Ireland and Spain.
Kinahan's lawyers previously classified allegations against her client as "grossly defamatory."
Neither she nor Fury representatives responded to requests for comments regarding details of the couple's professional relationship or whether it would continue.
A spokesman for BT Sport said the contract he signed with Fury last year did not "automatically" give him the rights to continue his fight, adding: "BT is reviewing all sports rights and broadcasting agreements with the appropriate level of responsibility and control before deciding on a course of action. "
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