TYSON FURY heaped praise on controversial boxing advisor Daniel Kinahan for securing his mega-money potential fights against Anthony Joshua.
Celebrated world champions like the Gypsy King and Billy Joe Saunders herald the Irishman as a fantastic negotiator who prides himself on the safety and financial security of his fighters.
But large sections of the Irish media claim he's running a ruthless drug and money laundering cartel, inherited from his father and maintained with menace and murder.
The Dubai-based businessman, who formed the MGM boxing stable with ex-fighter Matt Macklin that morphed into MTK and is no longer affiliated with either man, has no criminal record.
But he is banned from entering the US and his name allegedly appears on the target lists at the Criminal Assets Bureau, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the FBI.
Kinahan was reportedly the target of an assassination attempt at a 2016 Dublin fight weigh-in where one man was killed and two were injured.
And Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told the country's parliament that he was "taken aback" to see Kinahan mentioned in Fury's video.
He commented: “I was rather taken aback to see Tyson Fury in his video just the other day dropping in that name that you mentioned as if this was someone who does not have quite a chequered history in this state.
“While I can't comment on any particular garda operation I can certainly assure you that there has been contact between the Department of Foreign Affairs and the authorities in the United Arab Emirates about that matter.”
But he paved the way for Fury’s comeback and is now brokering some of the biggest boxing deals around and getting lauded by high-profile faces.
Ben Davison, Fury’s former trainer, revealed: “Tyson was struggling to trust people.
"There were threats of legal cases constantly being thrown at him, a thousand hurdles in his way before contemplating any sort of comeback and Daniel cleared those away before I came on the scene.
“Daniel gave him the footings to start again, a positive outlook and a pathway back to the top. It was huge for Tyson.”
And legendary American promoter Bob Arum, who is co-promoting Fury, is happy to turn a blind eye for now.
He told the Irish Sun: “I’m not naive. I was a federal prosecutor myself. I’m saying I can disregard all of that stuff. It doesn’t affect me. It hasn’t affected me.
“When it does, I’ll have to deal with it. But right now, I have absolutely no involvement with the Irish authorities.
“Nobody has come to me, nobody has questioned me. Anything that went before — allegedly went before — that’s none of my business.”
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