How Daniel Kinahan, a suspected $1.1 billion Irish gang lord, suddenly became the broker of boxing's biggest clash in years
A police chain outside the Regency Hotel in Dublin after a shootout in 2016.
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A Dubai-based Irishman named Daniel Kinahan, suspected by the authorities of operating a crime cartel that has raised $ 1 billion in revenue, has become one of the most influential figures in boxing.
Kinahan is the dealmaker in a two-fight series between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury that Sky Sports announced on Wednesday.
Kinahan is notorious in his native Ireland and has been largely condemned by the nation's politicians.
However, he has not been arrested or charged, has no convictions and is free to organize the biggest boxing matches from his home in Dubai.
A Kinahan legal representative declined to answer questions from insiders. In a statement, Brandsmiths law firm said Kinahan had previously been defamed by the press and was considering legal action.
One commentator described Kinahan's commitment as a new low for sport.
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Boxers weigh in at the Regency Hotel in Whitehall, an area north of Dublin.
Aside from their underwear, they step naked on the scales and then play their muscles for photographers.
It's February 5th, 2016 and Daniel Kinahan is making his biggest move as a boxing promoter for an event called "The Clash of the Clans".
Dark allegations have already been made against him in Ireland. The Irish political party Fine Gael later called him "one of the most dangerous criminals in Ireland" - although he was never charged with or convicted of a crime there.
Kinahan's Night of Fights in 2016 was scheduled to take place the following day at Dublin's National Boxing Stadium.
A local fighter named Jamie Kavanagh headlined the show because he fought Portuguese boxer Antonio Joao Bento for the WBO's European lightweight title.
But the entire show was canceled because the next thing to do was an armed attack by police invaders disguised as police officers, in which one man died and two other people were injured.
Four years later, Kinahan is now involved in an even bigger event and is acting as a boxing agent and advisor to heavyweight champion Tyson Fury for a duel series against the world title Anthony Joshua.
The fight is said to be the most lucrative and most watched martial arts event of the year.
A Fury representative said he knew "nothing of the allegations" against Kinahan.
There is no evidence that Joshua was involved in Kinahan or was aware of his activities. Joshua's representatives declined to comment when contacted by insiders.
Kinahan is an elusive figure that is rarely seen in public and is little known outside of Ireland.
The Irish police, known as Lake Garda, declined to discuss Kinahan with insiders and referred to a blanket policy of not commenting on individual cases.
Irish politicians, however, have described him as a criminal and gang lord. One, Neale Richmond of the Fine Gael party, claimed that Kinahan was involved in the country's "most notorious criminal group" this week, and Kinahan was convicted by the country's prime minister in parliament.
While Kinahan was not the subject of the trial himself, the Irish High Court has heard allegations that he is the leader of a gang called The Cartel, which has made huge profits from organized crime.
The gang's operations are "managed and controlled" by Kinahan and his brother Christopher, according to a 2019 Irish High Court ruling reported by the Irish Times. The verdict itself was never published.
In a separate hearing in 2018 at the Irish High Court on the sale of gang-related assets, statements by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) were heard that, according to the U.S. government, its operations are estimated to be worth $ 1 billion ($ 1.13 billion) I brought in an Irish mirror.
At the hearing, the CAB announced that the group's activities included drug trafficking and arms smuggling.
It is indisputable that Kinahan has a firm grip on boxing. He has grown from a regional organizer at "Clash of the Clans" to a man so powerful that older fighting companies like Top Rank in the US (who represents Fury) and Matchroom Sport in the UK (who takes care of Joshua) are retiring, while Kinahan searches the Middle East for possible venues.
Prominent boxing personalities have praised Kinahan, who apparently likes to work with him to fight the sport's greatest struggles.
Those who know his backstory are less cheerful. Insider spoke to two Irish crime and security journalists who have been reporting on Kinahan and The Cartel for years.
Sky Sports announced that a verbal agreement between Fury and Joshua was reached this week that will further shine the spotlight on Kinahan. Fury thanked Kinahan for "making it possible" in a video posted on Twitter.
Irish politicians are appalled.
"We all know the kind of murder and chaos that Daniel Kinahan and his gang wreaked on the streets of Dublin and this country," said Richmond, a sedentary politician who represents Dublin Rathdown for Fine Gael.
"Murder, drugs and intimidation are the modus operandi of Ireland's most notorious criminal outfit."
Eoin O Broin, a Sinn Fein politician, put aside the party's rivalry with Fine Gael and agreed with Richmond. "It's rare for Neale and I to agree," O Broin said on Twitter. "But he's 100% correct on this question."
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Kinahan representatives declined to answer certain questions from insiders.
A spokesman for Brandsmiths, the law firm that works for Daniel Kinahan in the UK, said: "We have been instructed by Mr. Kinahan to write to certain newspapers that have published serious defamatory statements about him and to file suit against these newspapers if the The requested relief does not take place.
"The fact that defamatory allegations are repeated over and over does not defend the manufacturer of these repeated statements."
Although Kinahan's name has only recently become mainstream, he has been involved in boxing for a long time and caught the attention of the front and back of newspapers due to the weight of 2016 that ended with gunshots.
A weight that looked like a war zone
At around 2:30 p.m. On February 5, 2016, three men disguised as Irish SWAT-like ERU officers and a fourth man dressed in makeup and wig stormed the Regency Hotel armed with assault rifles.
When they left a few minutes later, two people had been shot and another was dead.
Kevin McAnena, a BBC reporter, saw a man shot in the leg. When the attack started, he hid behind the desk and thought he was going to die when he saw an assault rifle aimed at his head.
"It was absolutely terrifying," McAnena said at the time, according to CBS News.
Although the shooter didn't shoot McAnena, others weren't so lucky.
The man McAnena saw shot was a suspected drug dealer named David Byrne, who, according to The Cartel, a 2018 book by Stephen Breen and Owen Conlon, both crime investigators from The, is a high-profile figure within the organized crime group was supposedly associated with Kinahan Irish Sun.
Byrne died that day. A court heard that he was shot six times with wounds to the head, face, abdomen, hands, and thighs, The Irish Sun reported two years ago.
Mel Christle, President of the Boxing Union of Ireland, saw the body of the dead slump at the front desk.
"He was confused," said Christle.
Two other men were also shot, but survived.
Sean McGovern, an injured man, is said to have been a low-ranking member of the Kinahan cartel, according to Breen and Conlon.
In their book, they claimed that the third victim, Aaron Bolger, was a Kinahan "hanger".
Around 300 people were present during the weighing, including athletes, trainers, organizers, media crew and boxing fans. When the shots were fired, people were evacuated in all directions, The Irish Independent reported.
The scene was "absolute pandemonium," a witness told the Independent.
Watch the mess below (warning - with shots):
The regency manager, John Glynn, made an emergency call to the police, but according to Breen in "The Cartel," he mistakenly believed that it was the Irish police who "shot people" in his hotel - those disguises had worked.
Paul Reynolds, a crime correspondent for Irish national broadcaster RTE, said: "One of the Garda cars that responded to reports of the shootout could not get there at emergency speed because the driver was not trained."
When Garda finally arrived, the hotel was a bloody mess.
The man at the front desk didn't move. "[His] head and shoulders were turned at an awkward angle and blood seeped onto the floor under the left side of his torso," said Breen and Conlon.
There was "another man clasping his stomach and a third holding his thigh, both grimacing in pain."
Breen told insiders that he has been investigating crimes in Dublin, and especially the Kinahans, for more than a decade.
In "The Cartel" he describes the Regency shootout as a "brazen military-style attack" launched by a criminal gang, Hutch, against their rival.
Breen's theory states that the real target for the shootout was Daniel Kinahan, who fled the scene without a scratch.
As the organizer of the event, Kinahan watched the weighing.
But when the shooting started, Kinahan was brought to safety by his bodyguard. Then he made his way to the roof of the building, jumped down and flew to The Cartel in London to settle there.
The Irish Independent reported years later that inside the building a gunman heard "He is not here."
Why did the Regency attack take place in 2016?
After the shootout, Breen wrote in "The Cartel" that the authorities were stunned and the Kinahan gang was stunned. It was "the undisputed leader in the Irish crime world [since 2010]," said Breen.
"It controlled the country's drug and arms trade, and very little happened without its say, especially if it compromised the gang's business interests.
"Last September, Gary Hutch, once an important member of the cartel and an ally and personal friend of Daniel Kinahan, was shot dead in his apartment in southern Spain.
"Hutch was accused of attempting to kill his former boss even though he protested his innocence."
The attack on the regency was revenge, Breen claimed, since Gary Hutch staff knew Kinahan would be there.
When the cartel reformed, one thing became clear. "It would be hell to pay," said Breen.
What happened after the Regency attack in 2016?
Nicola Tallant, an award-winning crime and security reporter for Irish newspaper The Sunday World, recently told insiders that the attack on the regency was the cause of many more murders.
After an attack in the hotel four years ago, a body was removed from the regency.
Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne / Reuters
"We had this terrible feud that started at [Daniel Kinahan's] request after the Regency Hotel attack, and I've never seen anything like it.
"There were only shootings ... one after the other, and the ferocity of his revenge was pretty extraordinary in the first six months, really shocking until the guards [police] got a grip on it.
"There was only murder, after murder, after murder," said Tallant. "And the other side ... just didn't have the firepower to return. It was just a massacre in Dublin, certainly for the first year of it."
After Byrne was killed at the Regency Hotel, the Irish Times published a timeline of the violent feud between Kinahan and Hutch.
Here is a short list of the murders that followed immediately after the February 5 weigh-in, according to The Irish Times:
Eddie Hutch Sr. - shot dead on February 8th. The Irish Times reported that the police believed Hutch was shot "simply because he was a member of the Hutch family."
Noel Duggan - shot dead on March 23 because of his apparent connection to "veteran criminal" Gerry Hutch, according to the Irish Times, who cited Lake Garda.
Martin O'Rourke - shot dead on April 14 in a reported false identity case. Garda believes the intended goal was Keith Murtagh, who appears to be a close associate of Gary Hutch.
Michael Barr - killed on April 25 when armed men searched the source that supplied the weapons in the Regency attack.
Gareth Hutch - shot dead on May 24 when two attackers opened fire in a parking lot near Hutch.
... This list goes on.
So far, Reynolds of RTE reported in May that the Kinahan-Hutch feud in Ireland and Spain "resulted in the deaths of 18 people".
"[It has] shaped our Gangland history forever," Tallant told Insider. "Everything in this country related to crime has returned to the Kinahans and Daniel Kinahan for almost 10 years."
Who is Daniel Kinahan?
Daniel Kinahan has no criminal convictions. But he "is the main target of our drug and organized crime office here," Tallant told Insider.
She said the Spanish, Dutch and US authorities "have all worked together for a long time to close this cartel".
Insiders contacted the US Drug Enforcement Administration, which refused to comment on Kinahan.
According to media reports from the time, Spanish police arrested Kinahan and his father on the Costa Del Sol in 2010, although this did not result in prosecution. The Dutch police did not respond to a request for comment.
Breen said similarly. The author of "The Cartel" said Kinahan was "a destination for Garda" back in 2009 when he was 31.
A floral tribute to boxing gloves on a ring was left at David Byrne's funeral 10 days after his death at the Regency.
Photo by Stringer / Reuters
Breen, the Sun writer, described Kinahan, now 42, as a natural bully and "definitely destined to follow in his father's footsteps".
In the past few days, a number of Irish politicians have come forward to sentence Kinahan.
Fine Gael released a press release describing Kinahan as "evil" and claiming to be the leader of the Kinahan gang of criminals, and cited the CAB evidence to the High Court.
On June 11, the leader of Fine Gael and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in parliament described Kinahan as a man with "an eventful history in this state and elsewhere".
Irish Labor Party leader Alan Kelly wrote an open letter asking for government intervention.
"The Kinahan group for organized crime has destroyed lives and communities in this country," the legislator wrote on Thursday.
"A key figure now renames itself an international boxing promoter with impunity.
"This is someone identified by the Criminal Assets Bureau as one of the leading figures in organized crime at home and abroad.
"A High Court ruling found that it controlled the Kinahan gang that is involved in drug and weapons smuggling worldwide.
"What will the government do about this insult to the Irish people who have lived with the drugs and gun violence that the Kinahan group has brought to this country for years?
The High Court ruling that Kelly was referring to appears to be the same as the Irish Times reported in 2019.
The full letter from Kelly can be found here:
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Kinahan is currently probably located in the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Varadkar said there was contact between the Irish State Department and the UAE through Kinahan.
From Dubai, Kinahan has established itself as one of the most influential figures in boxing.
Here's Daniel Kinahan alongside WBC heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury:
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Kinahan has a clear relationship with heavyweight champion Fury
Kinahan had previously worked in the shadow of boxing.
In 2012 he founded Macklins Gym Marbella, Spain, with the former middleweight European champion Matthew Macklin.
There is no evidence that Macklin is involved in criminal activity.
The gym, with its state-of-the-art facilities, later became an administration company representing fighters. It was renamed MTK and distanced itself from Kinahan in 2017.
However, in May 2020, MTK said Kinahan continued to advise his list of fighters, which included prominent British boxers like Billy Joe Saunders and Tyson Fury, as well as UFC fighter Darren Till.
There is no evidence that any of the fighters are involved in or aware of any criminal activity.
Kinahan (far right) with UFC fighter Darren Till and MTK ambassador Mohamed M. Al Arayedh (bottom right).
Later in May, MTK announced that it was partnering with Kinahan, as RTE reports.
Now Kinahan is trying to organize the biggest fights in the world. Despite its background, sport cannot stop him as there is no governing body that offers a "fit and proper" personal test as is common in other sports.
Kinahan advises elite fighters. Dealmakers - from top founder Bob Arum and Queensberry Promotions boss Frank Warren to Matchroom Sport group executive Eddie Hearn - are required to deal with him.
Kinahan is the man responsible for entering into an "agreement" between the boxing heavyweights, Tyson Fury, and Anthony Joshua, which Sky Sports announced on Wednesday.
It is an agreement that would generate hundreds of millions of dollars.
Fury personally thanked Kinahan in a video message on Twitter.
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MASSIVE THANKS TO DANIEL KINNERHAN FOR HAPPENING. God bless
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It is not clear which networks would broadcast the Joshua Fury fight. However, insiders contacted Sky Sports and ESPN, which have contracts with Joshua and Fury.
Neither would comment on Kinahan specifically.
Disney shared the insider's message with ESPN, saying that it was up to Top Rank to comment on its business practices.
Insider then requested a comment from Top Rank, but has not yet received an answer.
Insiders asked Sky twice on June 5 if, given its background, it would broadcast fights related to Daniel Kinahan.
Sky instead postponed its broadcast contract with Matchroom and Hearn, who represented Joshua.
Earlier this month, Sky told us that there was no direct relationship with MTK or Kinahan, even though MTK fights were broadcast.
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High-ranking founder Arum, who advertises for Fury, praised Kinahan last month.
He said Top Rank and Matchroom were in the process of negotiating the Fury vs. Venue venue. Joshua took a back seat when Kinahan was looking for a suitable location in the Middle East.
It's a fight that could be worth almost $ 200 million, Fox Sports said.
"He is one of my favorites," Arum said of Kinahan, according to RTE. "I like to deal with people, no-nonsense people, whose word is their bond."
Arum also praised Kinahan's connections in the Middle East. "Everyone trusts Kinahan to deal with this situation," he said.
Frank Warren of Queensberry, a Fury-sponsoring company, told The Irish Sun this week that he knew "nothing of the allegations" against Kinahan.
"I was not aware of the lawsuits you refer to. I didn't know about the allegations or who made them. I can't say anything about them," he told the newspaper.
Warren from Queensberry said Wednesday: "Negotiations had taken place between Hearn and Kinahan."
"Tyson Fury is promoted by Bob Arum at Top Rank and Frank Warren at Queensberry Promotions, but both parties and Tyson Fury himself told us that we had to negotiate with his advisor Daniel Kinahan for this fight," said Hearn of the Times of London newspaper.
When news of the Fury-Joshua two-fight deal came to light, Neale Richmond, the seated Irish politician, made this statement on the Fine Gael official website:
"We all know exactly the kind of murder and chaos that Daniel Kinahan and his gang caused on the streets of Dublin and this country.
"Murder, drugs and intimidation are the modus operandi of Ireland's most notorious criminal outfit.
"The fact that this trace of bloodshed is now completely whitewashed by some in the international boxing community is a shame.
"Kinahan must not be allowed to hide his infamous gangland activities behind the veneer of a respected boxing promoter.
The Irish sun, which was reported in May, spoke to former Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring, who is now an independent city councilor. He said: "I have seen what a criminal gang, known in court as the Kinahan Organization, did to downtown Dublin in the north - and what you should never forget.
"People in professional boxing should take a look at themselves and who they are dealing with."
The safety of those involved in boxing could be at stake
The two Irish crime reporters told insiders that Kinahan's involvement in boxing is putting people at risk.
"There is definitely a threat to fans and to people around Daniel," Tallant told Insider.
"It is a clear and current danger," said Tallant. "And we are very, very aware of this in this country."
She added: "We understand brutality, violence, aggression, revenge ... all of these things that gush away.
"It's easy to get involved in the boxing show style and the celebration it is as a sport - fans love it. It's an evening and there is a wave of emotions they get when watching a sport.
"But the reality of what could happen is very clear to us in this country. We saw it.
"[Boxing] is toxic in this country, thanks to Daniel Kinahan and his crew," said Tallant.
"The Kinahan name is toxic because you see it being mentioned in court in connection with a conspiracy to murder a man. You see it is mentioned in the Kinahan-Hutch feud. It's not mine or the media , these are the senior law enforcement officers who have used this term.
"The Kinahan organization is known across Europe. It has resulted in 18 lives being lost," Breen told Insider.
"When Daniel Kinahan is associated with boxing or a boxing event, people will associate it with crime and what happened in the regency and the feud.
"The only way for [boxing] to improve his image is for Daniel Kinahan to take a back seat."
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