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Boxing figures hit by US authorities over ties to Kinahan with hundreds banned from country

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US authorities are targeting Kinahan’s boxing associates, with hundreds now subject to travel restrictions

When the US Treasury Department first placed a $5 million (£4.1 million) bounty on Kinahan’s arrest, seven individuals and two companies were financially sanctioned and told they would not enter the country freely could. These included Daniel Kinahan, the prominent boxing promoter and advisor who has worked with high profile fighters including WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, Kinahan’s father Christopher and brother Christopher Jr.

The US has jailed over 600 people with ties to the Kinahan organized crime group in a crackdown said to be particularly aimed at the cartel’s influence in boxing.

Now the number of staff has increased to more than 600 following a meeting between Garda Deputy Commissioner John O’Driscoll and US Customs and Border Protection.

Speak with RTEO’Driscoll said the raid revealed “the connection between the Kinahan organized crime group and, for example, sport – and boxing-related businesses in particular,” adding that boxing is now a “special focus of U.S. authorities.” .

“Of course, we saw the wide range of other companies associated with the sanctioned companies,” added O’Driscoll. “And anyone involved in any of these companies will be barred from entering the United States.

“We are satisfied that the data subjects involved in crime related to this organized criminal group will be denied entry to other jurisdictions should they attempt to gain entry.”

The names on the list have not been released.

US Ambassador to Ireland Claire Cronin has called the Kinahan gang’s activities “heinous”, including murder and trafficking in firearms and drugs.

Within the sport of boxing, high-profile figures have distanced themselves from Kinahan.

Advertising firm MTK Global, which he co-founded, has collapsed, and advertising firm Probellum has denied any links to him.

Fury is the most notable boxer to have worked with the alleged crime boss in the past, but ahead of his recent KO win over Dillian Whyte, he dodged questions about their past connection. His US promoter Bob Arum had said Kinahan made millions from Fury’s last two fights with Deontay Wilder.

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