Heavyweight champions Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua have finally agreed on a two-fight deal that should have boxing fans around the world through-the-roof excited. The news seemed to come out of nowhere, and while Eddie Hearn is the promoter doing the biggest victory lap, Fury mentioned another name that deserves special credit for helping get the deal done: Daniel Kinahan. That is an interesting development, as the Irishman has reported connections to a massive drug cartel.
An organized crime figure setting up a boxing match sounds like news straight out of the 1920s. Kinahan reportedly lives in Dubai now, and is considered a dangerous figure by several countries due to his connections not simply to illegal drugs, but to weapons as well.
He is even banned from entering the United States. Sounds like a swell guy, Gypsy King!
Kinahan is also apparently powerful enough to get the two biggest names in boxing on the same card.
Regardless of how it got done, of course, this deal has to be considered great and welcome news for boxing fans. Fury took down Deontay Wilder in February to win the WBC heavyweight title, as he noted in his Instagram caption, and can stake his claim as the undisputed heavyweight champion of the word a win over unfied champ Joshua.
As long as he doesn't get mixed up in all this organized crime mess, of course. Tread lighty, Tyson!