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Boxing’s civil war over alleged gang lord Daniel Kinahan heading for the High Court

Boxing’s civil war over alleged gang lord Daniel Kinahan heads to Supreme Court after Probellum launches libel battle against rival promoters Boxxer

  • Two leading Sky promoters are engaged in a battle for high-stakes defamation
  • Probellum has issued the claim about ‘highly defamatory and untrue statements’
  • Boxxer wrote to boxers telling them that if they wanted to appear on Sky they couldn’t work with Probellum, which is linked to Kinahan

Boxing’s civil war over alleged gang boss Daniel Kinahan is now about to break out at the Supreme Court after two leading Sky promoters became embroiled in a high-stakes libel battle.

Probellum has filed a claim against Boxxer and its CEO Ben Shalom for “highly defamatory and untrue statements” after Boxxer wrote to boxers telling them that if they wanted to appear on Sky, they could not work with Probellum, which has been linked to Kinahan. The businessman became the subject of a series of sanctions imposed by the US government in April.

The move sparked war in the boxing world over Kinahan, who helped set up MTK Global in 2012 and rose to prominence as an advisor to Tyson Fury, who says he will cut ties with Kinahan in 2020.

A promotion company has sent a letter to fighters asking for guarantees that they will not partner with Probellum if they want to fight on Sky Sports shows because of ties to wanted man Daniel Kinahan (pictured).  Probellum has strongly denied any affiliation with Kinahan

A promotion company has sent a letter to fighters asking for guarantees that they will not partner with Probellum if they want to fight on Sky Sports shows because of ties to wanted man Daniel Kinahan (pictured). Probellum has strongly denied any affiliation with Kinahan

It has been suggested in recent months that there are links between Probellum and Kinahan, without any hard evidence, including in comments from US promoter Bob Arum.

He said that Kinahan’s role in boxing was “finished”, MTK was closing and “Probellum will follow soon” because no network would want to get into his fights.

Probellum has repeatedly denied direct business connections to Kinahan.

Bob Arum (pictured) hinted at links between Kinahan and the promotion group Probellum in April, albeit without proof.  Probellum has long denied that the promotion has Kinahan links

Bob Arum (pictured) hinted at links between Kinahan and the promotion group Probellum in April, albeit without proof. Probellum has long denied that the promotion has Kinahan links

But Arum’s comment brought it unwanted attention, not least when it turned out that Boxxer and Shalom sent a letter to fighters with ‘negative publicity’ surrounding Probellum and MTK Global with the headline: ‘Participation in events broadcast by Sky UK Ltd. .’

A spokesperson for Shalom and Boxxer said both deny any allegation and “will vigorously defend their position.”

Sky was approached repeatedly but declined to comment. MTK Global has been contacted for comment.

Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has come under fire for his connections to Kinahan, who was his adviser in the past.  The Gypsy King has said he will cut ties with Kinahan in 2020

Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has come under fire for his connections to Kinahan, who was his advisor in the past. The Gypsy King has said he will cut ties with Kinahan in 2020

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