Tyson Fury’s US promoter admits to paying close to $4 million to Daniel Kinahan

Actor/bodybuilder Martyn Ford announced he would be moving on from the Iranian Hulk boxing exhibition due to mental wellness. In the fall out from the card cancellation he also signed with a new manager – the controversial Daniel Kinahan.

Kinahan had previously advised the careers of Tyson Fury and Darren Till but now he’s wanted by the US government. Kinahan is deeply entrenched in Combat sports having previously founded MTK Global promotion. He has a number of boxers and martial artists in his circle.

One of Kinahan’s most prestigious clients via MTK Global was the reigning WBC heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury.

Ahead of the WBC title showdown between Fury and Dillian Whyte, Fury’s US promoter Bob Arum admitted to paying big money to Kinahan before.

The 90-year-old Arum confirmed the pay outs happened through a shell company in Dubai where Kinahan is in exile. Martyn Ford had enlisted the services of Kinahan while in Dubai for the Eddie Hall boxing match.

Arum also owned up to making four payments of around one million dollars between 2019 and 2021.

However, he insisted that Kinahan has no involvement in Fury’s upcoming title fight against Whyte.

About Kinahan, Arum said: “Kinahan has kids and said he wanted to get out of that other stuff.”

“He said to me, ‘Bob, I’ve done some bad things in my life. I admit that. But I’m not involved with that any more. I’m just trying to clean up my life.”

“I wasn’t involved in any of the things he might have done before.”

“There came a time we discovered he might still have been involved in some nefarious activities. That was enough for us.”

Arum also suggested MTK Global and and a relatively new promotion Probellum are a part of Kinahan’s money-laundering empire.

In an official statement released by Probellum, they have denied any relation and communication with Kinahan.

“We have retained counsel in the US to ensure that we fully comply with all rules, regulations and requirements related to this matter, including not working with any individual or company that has been placed under US sanctions.”

“This includes Daniel Kinahan and we can confirm that we will not have any business relationship or communication with him whatsoever.”