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.
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.