Saturday 17 August 2019

Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury joins management company connected to Daniel Kinahan

Tyson Fury
Tyson Fury
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has joined a controversial management company connected to Daniel Kinahan.

Matthew Macklin’s management company ‘Mack the Knife Global', based in Spain, announced the move on Saturday.

The boxer is said to be taking on an advisory role.

“MTK Global will play a key role in Fury’s career as he returns to the ring to prove he is still the man in the heavyweight division. Tyson is convinced that MTK are the right people to help guide him through this exciting new chapter,” MTK said in a statement.

A number of personal issues have kept Fury on the sidelines since November 2015, when he defeated Wladimir Klitschko for the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles.

His boxing licence was revoked by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) over a failed drug test and him admitting to using cocaine.

Speaking about his new role, he said: “I couldn’t be happier to sign an advisory deal with MTK Global.

“It is unbelievable how fast they have grown and what they have achieved in the past few years. I spoke to my mate Billy Joe Saunders and he only had good things to say about MTK so it was an easy decision to go with them.”

Tyson is currently back in training and said he is looking at taking on his first opponent in early 2018.

MTK was founded by former Irish, British and European Middleweight champion Matthew Macklin.

Gangland criminal Daniel Kinahan had been heavily involved in the running of the Spanish-based MTK gym.

The gang boss appeared in a picture alongside Tyson Fury in March which was posted by the boxer on Twitter.

Fury and Macklin have no involvement in crime.

Kinahan has since taken a step back from his boxing business due to “bad publicity”, Macklin said earlier this year.

"Me and Daniel started off MGM. We were best friends and like I said I was over there all the time when I was training... so we set that up and it just grew from there," he said.

"Obviously then there's been a lot of bad publicity... Daniel has taken a backwards step.

"He still advises lots of fighters."

The Regency Hotel shooting in February 2016 happened during an MGM weigh-in event. Gunmen stormed the family hotel in the early afternoon, killing David Byrne.

The company has since been renamed MTK after a legal battle with the MGM grand casino in Las Vegas.

The successful gym, which has signed boxers like Olympian Paddy Barnes and BJ Saunders, manages over 100 fighters and is currently trying to rebrand.

At the beginning of the enterprise, Macklin said he joked that they would know that they had made it if it drew attention from the MGM in Vegas.

"[We said] If we get to the stage where the MGM casino in Las Vegas has heard about us we know that we have achieved  more than our wildest dreams," he said.

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