Dublin boxer Jono Caroll has been incredibly supportive of Daniel Kinahan after the US Treasury implemented sanctions against the Kinahan cartel.
Caroll echoed comments he made about the drug lord earlier this year when he described Kinahan as “a true legend” in boxing.
He tweeted: “Motherfuckers can say what you want this man gave me opportunities in this sport and without him i would have gone a long time ago i stand by everything i said here, I will always be grateful for his help and guidance in this sport.”
In another tweet on Wednesday night, Carroll said: “Loyalty is a hard thing to get these days but one thing about me is if you’re my friend you’re my friend for life .”
The 30-year-old was pictured with Kinahan in Dubai less than two months ago before his win over Ghanaian Patrick Ayi Aryee.
Sharing a photo alongside the mob boss at the time, Carroll wrote: “If it weren’t for this man I wouldn’t be in this boxing game yet, he’s a true legend of the sport, he should be celebrated in the world. world of boxing, without him half of these great fights would never have happened.”
The comments come after promoter Bob Arum revealed how Kinahan had tried to force his way into fight negotiations for the past few months but was told to step down.
The 90-year-old was previously a supporter of Kinahan’s involvement in the sport, calling him an “honorable man”.
And he once insisted he was not concerned about allegations of the Dubliner’s involvement in organized crime.
But now Arum, one of boxing’s most powerful figures, has cut ties with Kinahan after the US government imposed sanctions on the mobster, along with his father Christy Snr, 65, and brother Christy Jnr, 41 years old, and four of their keys. associates.
Kinahan has attempted to reinvent his image through boxing and has advised many fighters including one of the biggest names in sports, Tyson Fury.
Arum and Frank Warren co-promote Fury, which is run by MTK Global, a company Kinahan founded but which he supposedly walked away from in 2017.
Ahead of Fury’s fight against Dillian Whyte on April 23, Arum revealed that Kinahan leaned on Warren in an effort to get involved in the negotiations, but they refused to let him in.
Arum said: “Absolutely not. Frank and I said we didn’t want Kinahan involved in this.
Meanwhile, Fury has yet to publicly cut ties with Kinahan, who has already been involved in a number of negotiations on the heavyweight star’s behalf.
Arum also told Newstalk Breakfast yesterday that he was aware of allegations regarding Kinahan, but the involvement of the US government and law enforcement effectively ended his role in the sport.
He said: “Frankly, I was surprised because I had no idea there was any kind of American involvement here.
“I knew about all the charges – the Irish media and all that – but I hadn’t considered the United States would be involved.”
When asked if he stands by comments he made in June 2020, in which he described Daniel Kinahan as “an honorable man”, he replied: “Well no.
“I can’t, and I wouldn’t, talk about his dealings with us – but when my government makes a statement like this, as a law-abiding citizen of the United States, I don’t have no alternative but to respect their determination. ”.
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