Shadow Boxing: What next for boxing after Daniel Kinahan?

MTK Global is no more but that doesn’t mean Daniel Kinahan’s story in boxing is over. Not by far.

There are other companies in the fighting game that seem to have ties to him. At the very least, a clarification is in order.

There are major boxing figures – from promoters to television executives – who have dealt with Kinahan over the years. Have they nothing more to say?

US sanctions against the Kinahans and related companies were not the start of this story. It wasn’t the end either.

In the latest episode of Shadow Boxing, we take a look at the damage done and if the sport can recover.

We speak to two of the sport’s most respected writers – Boxing News editor Matt Christie and The Guardian’s Donald McRae – to get their take on what could happen now.

The reaction of many boxers to the sanctions imposed on Kinahan was predictably depressing.

There were pat and prepared lines that were thrown in a bid to dispel awkward questions.

There has not been a single call from anyone important in the sport for good governance to prevent another Daniel Kinahan from getting involved.

We can hope that this has been the darkest hour in boxing, that there are clearer skies ahead of us. But it is hope, nothing more.

Professional boxing has moved away from traditional media and embraced podcasters and YouTubers.

Some of them are actually funded by various boxing bodies, so tough questions are unlikely to be on the agenda.

In 2020, then-CEO of MTK Sandra Vaughan gave an interview to IFL TV, a YouTube outfit closely tied to them.

At one point she spoke about the perception of Kinahan in Ireland and, in particular, by the Irish media.

“They’re going to have to at some point recognize the fact that, like I say, whether they like it or not, people like Bob Arum, Frank (Warren), Eddie (Hearn) … all of these big fights are going to happen because by Daniel Kinahan,” she said.

“It’s fact. The other part is fiction. I don’t know if that’s the Irish mentality, but at some point wouldn’t you be proud that someone from Dublin city center is actually sitting at the table with this level of organization – getting into fights?

“For Ireland, wouldn’t you be proud of that; wouldn’t you be proud that someone had come out of that inner city life and had huge success?”

We all now know who Daniel Kinahan is and what he is. A lot of boxers don’t care.

Others – like Sandra Vaughan – liked to paint him as a working-class hero.

Who knows what will happen now, because no one predicted the events of the past few months.

Wouldn’t you be proud? Pride is a word we don’t talk about.