WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has decided to remove controversial advisor Daniel Kinahan from his role of principle fight negotiator according to Top Rank CEO Bob Arum.
Kinahan founded management company MTK Global but has since sold his share in the company and has no involvement in the day-to-day running of the business. The 42-year-old despite never being charged with a crime has long been linked with a billion-dollar cartel that smuggles drugs and weapons.
Fury publicly thanked Kinahan for helping negotiate a two-fight deal with British rival Anthony Joshua. Since then Sky Sports and BT Sport have faced mounting pressure to disassociate from someone with such links to the criminal underworld. Speaking to Gareth Davies Arum revealed after a long conversation with Fury they had decided Kinahan will step back from fight negotiations, he said.
“Over the weekend I’ve had a lot of conversations with Tyson Fury and what we both decided is that myself, Top Rank and Fury will do all negotiations for fights in the future.
“Whether it’s for Joshua or Wilder or anybody else. We’ve informed Eddie Hearn about that. He knows where to go for the negotiations. Tyson and I have had long negotiations about it. That’s the way it’s going to be.
“This will eliminate a lot of confusion. We’ve talked with Dan, who Tyson and I both love and admire and respect, and he understands that it’s best the negotiations on Tyson’s side be handled that way. Both Tyson and I have each discussed this with Dan and he is amenable and satisfied and wished us luck. He only wants the best for Tyson Fury.
“Eddie has been informed of that. First of all there’s the negotiations to finalise for Deontay Wilder. We will do that on Tyson’s behalf with Premier Boxing Champions. But when I say Bob Arum, I mean Top Rank people. We’re one entity. We’re working now with venues in Nevada and in Texas to do that Fury-Wilder sometime in December. And also to negotiate with Eddie and Joshua and with any site that will make a proposal for the Fury-Joshua fight, assuming Joshua beats Pulev and Fury is successful with Wilder.”
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