Irish government outrage over alleged crime boss arranging boxing title fight

Fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua set up with involvement of man with 'checkered history,' says PM.

Irish government outrage over alleged crime boss arranging boxing title fight

The Irish government on Thursday hit out at news that an alleged Dublin mob boss is setting up a world championship boxing bout.

In the Irish parliament Thursday, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he was “taken aback” by Daniel Kinahan’s involvement in arranging the fight between British boxers Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, the Irish Times reported.

Kinahan has been linked to organized crime in Ireland. The Irish police have said that he “controlled and managed” the operations of a family crime syndicate with global reach.

Varadkar, who said that Kinahan had a “checkered history,” told the parliament that the Irish foreign ministry had been in contact with authorities in the United Arab Emirates. The fight could take place in the Middle East in 2021.

Irish Sports Minister Shane Ross said that Kinahan’s involvement in the lucrative fight risked tarnishing the reputation of the sport in Ireland.

Brendan Griffin, the Irish minister of state for sport, said he was instructing his department to write to the U.K. sports minister and British broadcasters about the “completely unacceptable” situation.

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Nigel Farage loses UK radio show

Brexit party leader's discussion program ends immediately, broadcaster says.

Nigel Farage loses UK radio show

LONDON — Nigel Farage’s national radio show on U.K. station LBC has been abruptly canceled.

A spokesperson for the station, owned by media and entertainment group Global, said on Thursday: “Nigel Farage’s contract with LBC is up very shortly and, following discussions with him, Nigel is stepping down from LBC with immediate effect. We thank Nigel for the enormous contribution he has made to LBC and wish him well.”

Farage, a former MEP and one of the most recognizable — and controversial — figures in U.K. politics, began hosting his LBC show in 2017. A political discussion program, Farage has used it throughout the political upheavals of recent years as a platform to air his own views while taking calls from members of the public.

Most recently, Farage has been an outspoken critic of the Black Lives Matter movement, calling it “a far left Marxist organisation that wants to abolish the police and dismantle capitalism” and has criticized major media outlets’ coverage of protests in the U.K. for taking what he said was an “uncritical” stance on flare-ups of violence.

Global, which also owns several popular commercial radio stations in the U.K., has been beset by a number of internal complaints from staff in recent days regarding the company’s reaction to Black Lives Matters protests in the U.S., U.K. and elsewhere, the Guardian reported this week.

It is not clear whether or to what extent Farage’s departure is linked to staff unrest at Global.

A spokesperson for Farage has been contacted for comment.

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