Where’s Tyson Fury’s usual brutal honesty when the subject turns to Daniel Kinahan?
Tyson Fury has been brutally honest on various sensitive topics over the past few years.
Alcoholism. Depression. Drug use.
The types of subjects that generally embarrass men with its figurative and literal stature. The WBC champion’s candor has made his incredible return from the depths of despair to the top of the boxing world all the more inspiring, especially for people battling similar demons.
The undefeated Fury should have spent this week promoting a heroic comeback.
The 6-foot-9, 276-pound Fury last fought in England when he defeated outclassed Sefer Seferi on the Terry Flanagan-Maurice Hooker undercard in June 2018 at Manchester Arena.
Almost four years later, the former IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO champion will help draw a huge following of 94,000 to Saturday night at Wembley Stadium in London. The crowd for his pay-per-view clash with mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte will set a British boxing record.
Fury has spent some of his time talking about this remarkable achievement, but Daniel Kinahan’s cloud has hovered ominously over the Fury-Whyte fight week. Fury, 33, could have somewhat minimized this undeniable distraction by publicly distancing himself from an adviser who the US government said last week is one of the masterminds of a criminal organization responsible for numerous murders, drug trafficking heroine all over Europe and running. guns.
Instead, Fury has stubbornly stated that Kinahan’s business dealings outside of boxing are “not my concern at all.”
Only in boxing could such a dangerous entanglement exist.
Imagine if a few years ago, before his capture, “El Chapo” advised Tom Brady during his contract negotiations with the Patriots. And then Brady rather ridiculously dismissed questions about their partnership by stating that anything Joaquin Guzman did when he wasn’t negotiating with Bill Belichick was “his business.”
The NFL obviously controls advisers better than that, but it’s the boxing equivalent of what Fury did in what turned into a controversial interview Wednesday with Sky Sports News.
“I just had a million questions about all this garbage before,” Fury said. “But as I told them, it’s none of my business and I don’t meddle in other people’s business. So it doesn’t really concern me.
The determined Sky Sports interviewer wouldn’t let it stop there. He pointed out that Kinahan served as his advisor in the boxing business, but that he was also identified, along with his father, brother and others, by several governments as an organized crime figure.
“And what do you want me to do about it?” asked Fury. “And I told you three times that it was nothing to do with me, and I don’t care. … What a man does in his own business is none of my business. I am a boxer. I don’t meddle in anyone’s business at all. If you went and did what you did, I don’t care what you did. This does not concern me. I am only concerned with what I do. And I don’t do anything but box. End of.”
While it’s unrealistic to expect Fury to publicly convict Kinahan, at least parting ways with someone whose arrest and conviction would net the US government a $5 million reward isn’t asking too much. no more. If Fury and Kinahan are or were as close as Fury’s comments and numerous photographs, including one taken as recently as February in Dubai, seem to indicate, Kinahan would clearly understand Fury’s public need to cut ties with him. .
His comments below are as close as Fury, who now spends much of his time in Henderson, Nevada, would come to a mea culpa.
“You know, what the United States said, the United States said,” Fury said. “And that’s it. We have to listen to the government. And that’s what we’re doing. End, because I don’t want to get in trouble with the US government, which I never have been, and that’s it. ‘is all.
Fury wouldn’t admit, however, that they ever had what he considers a “close” relationship.
“To be honest,” Fury said, “I’ve never been close to anyone other than my wife and kids, so here we are.”
Heavily favored Fury denied that Kinahan was involved in helping him in that second defense of the WBC title. His fight with Whyte was mandated by the WBC, which led to his co-promoter, Frank Warren, winning a purse bid with a record bid of $41,025,000.
Based on the WBC approved 80-20 split for this fight, Fury’s guarantee is $29,538,000. Whyte will earn at least $7,384,500.
A 10% win bonus, or an additional $4,102,500, has been set aside for Fury or Whyte to collect. According to Fury, Kinahan will not get a share of his salary.
“I haven’t done business with him in a long time,” Fury said. “I think there was a statement released in 2020. So that was the end of the business. The fight with [Anthony] Joshua didn’t happen, and that’s it.
If only that was it.
Fury called himself “just a stupid boxer” during an interview with a small group of reporters in London on Tuesday. He’s more than smart enough to know that no one actually believes him, especially when it comes to Kinahan.
Bob Arum, Fury’s other co-promoter, told Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole last week that his company, Top Rank Inc., paid Kinahan more than $1 million in advisory fees for each of Fury’s four fights from 2019 to 2021 – two technical wins over the former WBC champion Deontay Wilder, a points loss from Otto Wallin and a quick knockout from Tom Schwarz. Arum also said his company has stopped doing business with Kinahan.
“Yeah, I saw that,” Fury said. “What Bob Arum does with his own money is Bob Arum’s business. If he’s going to spend on gummy bears and cans of soda, I don’t care what he does with them. He has a lot to give, so what Bob does with his own money is none of my business, is it? So when you get your salary and spend it on anything, that’s not my problem, is it? Because it’s not my money.
What Fury defiantly refused to discuss is how and why he did business with Kinahan, who was oddly cleared to operate behind the scenes in boxing before the US Treasury Department identified him and his co-conspirators, as public enemies last week. After keeping his cool for a few minutes on Wednesday, a frustrated Fury finally grew tired of Kinahan’s line of questioning by Sky Sports News.
He then rose from his chair after offering these final thoughts.
“I think it’s going to be a great fight on the night,” Fury said. “And I’m not here to discuss politics or war or religion with you. You’re trying to sound out for me to say something. I am not interested. Other people’s concerns don’t interest me. Do not worry. None of my business at all. I’m a boxer, and I have a fight to think about. And that’s enough said.
Fury said a lot this week, but not enough of what he should have said when the subject turned to Daniel Kinahan.
Keith Idec is senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be contacted on Twitter @Idecboxing.