'If it wasn't for Daniel Kinahan, boxing would never have got back going in Ireland' - Irish boxer backs crime boss
Irish boxer Declan Geraghty has strongly defended crime boss Daniel Kinahan, claiming he is a "great manager" who has rejuvinated the sport in Ireland.
Geraghty, a member of MTK - the Marbella gym Kinahan co-founded - also claims that Kinahan was hounded out of his role in MTK because of the media.
In an interview in today's Irish Daily Star, Geraghty also says that Irish boxing would not be the same were it not for the work of Kinahan, despite the fact that no MTK boxer has fought in Ireland since David Byrne was shot dead in the Regency Hotel in February 2016.
Byrne was gunned down at the weigh in for 'Clash of the Clans', a boxing event that Geragthy was meant to fight at in Dublin.
The Star reports that Geraghty initially claimed he had never met Kinahan (39), but changed his mind when he was presented with pictures of the two of them together.
"No, I don't know him personally," said Geraghty. "I don't even know what he looks like."
But Geraghty's stance changed when he was sent multiple pictures of him alongside crime boss Kinahan.
"He was my manager, and he was a great manager, and great for boxing.
"He has no involvement in MTK anymore because of the likes of you writing in the paper saying all sorts of crap for a man with no convictions."
Geraghty went as far as to say boxing in Ireland would not be where it is today without the input of Kinahan.
"If it wasn't for him, boxing would have never got back going in Ireland and that's a fact."