Sunday 25 February 2018

'They are very fond of having slow news days' - Paddy Barnes not happy with media headline about Kinahan gym link

Paddy Barnes posed in MGM jumper
Paddy Barnes posed in MGM jumper
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

Paddy Barnes has hit back at a media headline today that linked his new professional management company to the Kinahan drugs cartel.

Olympic hero Barnes has signed for the controversial Matthew Macklin's MGM management company, which was recently searched as part of an international operation against the Kinahan crime cartel.

Macklin has no involvement in crime.

Mobster Daniel Kinahan, a son of international drug trafficker Christy Kinahan, is heavily involved in the running of the gym in Marbella.

Last week the facility was searched by Guardia Civil and and visiting gardaí as part of a major international crackdown on the gang.

A source said: "The officers said they were looking for two men who used to use the gym ... They took everything, computers, paperwork, the lot."

Barnes was on the Ray D'Arcy Show on RTE today and was asked by D'Arcy what he thought of a headline that appeared on that read: 'Paddy Barnes signs for controversial gym searched as part of Kinahan raids'

"You have to expect that because it is Ireland. They are very fond of having slow news days. They need to put something in there to try and sell papers," said Barnes.

"I don't care. I won't be training in Marbella, they are only my management team and they are one of the best management teams in the world.

"Look at Liam Smith, Martin Murray and Billy Joe Saunders. World title challengers and world champions. If it's good enough for them, it is good enough for me."

Barnes also admitted that not6 much will change in terms of his training routine after leaving the amateur ranks.

"I wouldn't say (training will change) that much. Since I was 16 or 17 I have been training probably more than a professional. Training in Dublin with the high performance squad, four times a week and twice a day. I have done nothing else, no part time jobs, just solely focused on boxing.

"The dream is to become a three-time world champion - flyweight, superflyweight and bantamweight all within five years."

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