Daniel Kinahan, a Dublin man identified in the High Court in Dublin as a senior figure in organised crime on a global scale, has confirmed he remains involved in brokering "multiple record-breaking and exciting world title" boxing matches.
The Criminal Assets Bureau has previously said Daniel Kinahan "controlled and managed" the operations of the Kinahan Organised Crime Group, an organisation which smuggles drugs and guns into Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe and "has associations that facilitate international criminal activity in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South America".
The Special Criminal Court has also stated that the Kinahan organised crime group has carried out "execution type murders to protect its core activities" drug trafficking and firearms offences.
Kinahan has moved in and out of the limelight in the sport.
In June 2020, heavyweight champion Tyson Fury claimed that Kinahan had helped broker an agreement for an undisputed title clash with fellow Englishman Anthony Joshua.
Kinahan has no criminal convictions. He lives in Dubai.
The then-Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he was taken aback by Fury name-checking Kinahan's apparent role in the negotiations.
He said sporting organisations and the media, namely broadcasters, needed to know more on Daniel Kinahan.
Kinahan then "stepped away" from boxing according to Bob Yalen, president of MTK Global, a company which Daniel Kinahan has long been associated with and co-founded.
A BBC Panorama programme last week investigated Daniel Kinahan’s role in the sport.
A lawyer for Daniel Kinahan said: "Mr Kinahan is a successful and independent advisor in the boxing industry in his own right. It is a matter of public record that he has exited the business of MTK."
Today, Kinahan issued a statement to TalkSport Radio in Britain, claiming he has been working in the sport for 15 years and continues to do so.
He added: "I am proud to say today that I have helped organise over a dozen major world title fights. I continue to be involved in planning multiple record-breaking and exciting world title fights.
"I’m doing all I can to give fight fans around the world the fights they want."
In the statement, Kinahan denies allegations of threats of violence in the aftermath of the BBC programme.
He also questioned the legitimacy of the Special Criminal Court – a court which consists of three judges and said the media coverage that surrounds him has "baseless allegations."
His statement concluded by saying he has organised "some of the biggest fights in boxing" and will aim to continue to do so in the future.