EXCLUSIVE: Eurosport shelving fight nights amid scrutiny over boxing promotion Probellum and alleged crime lord Daniel Kinahan, who has a $5 MILLION reward for his arrest from the US government. for international drug trafficking and money laundering
- Eurosport has canceled Probellum’s last two shows of a five-fight deal.
- sports mail understands that Eurosport took additional due diligence
- Probellum adamantly insists they have no ties to wanted man Daniel Kinahan.
- Last week, Kinahan received a $5 million reward from the US government.
Eurosport has shelved plans to air future shows organized by promotion company Probellum amid growing scrutiny over links between Daniel Kinahan and boxing.
Probellum chairman Richard Schaefer has strenuously insisted there is no connection between his business and the alleged crime lord, who has a $5 million bounty placed on his head by the US government.
But the emerging force in British promotion has now taken a significant hit, as sports mail understands that Eurosport has canceled the remaining two shows from an agreement reached with them in March. The first of these, headlined by the WBO bantamweight world title fight between John Riel Casimero and Paul Butler in Liverpool, was due to air on Friday.
said a source sports mail that the broadcaster has been conducting additional due diligence around Probellum, who promotes several fighters advised by Kinahan.
Eurosport, which had entered into a five-show non-commercial partnership with the company to test the boxing market, declined to comment when contacted by sports mail.
While the events surrounding Kinahan have caused widespread uncertainty within boxing, Probellum has steadfastly maintained that they are not linked through business with the Irishman.
The US government will pay $5 million to anyone who can help them arrest Daniel Kinahan, who is wanted for international drug trafficking and money laundering.
Probellum president Richard Schaefer (right) has denied the promotion has any ties to Kinahan, as Eurosport shelved the final two fights of a five-fight deal amid scrutiny over Kinahan.
In March, a Pakistani politician, Rai Taimoor Khan Bhatti, posted photos of himself with Kinahan on Twitter, with the message: ‘Met Probellum about boxing vision alignment for Punjab and how to make this sport bigger for our youth. I look forward to hosting Daniel in Lahore to discuss Pakistan’s first international fight with world class foreign boxers.
Probellum argued that the posting was “misleading and factually inaccurate” and reiterated that Kinahan has no organizational or financial connection to the company.
It was also reported that Probellum’s trademark was registered in 2019 by MTK Global, the management company co-founded by Kinahan.
It has been claimed that Kinahan severed all ties in 2017 with MTK, whose website lists Tyson Fury among its fighters, although Fury’s American promoter Bob Arum said last week that Kinahan is still involved.
Tyson Fury has distanced himself from ties to Daniel Kinahan, who is wanted by the United States
Kinahan and WBC heavyweight champion Fury were photographed in Dubai two months ago.
With several Probellum fighters connected to MTK and Kinahan, including flyweight world champion Sunny Edwards, who described him as an “old friend,” Schaefer said last week that his fighters would have to cut ties with the suspected gangster.
sports mail understands that on Tuesday, Probellum distributed a document to their fighters that they must sign to declare that they will have no continued involvement with MTK or Kinahan.
Meanwhile, Bob Yalen stepped down as CEO of MTK Global.
Yalen said: ‘I am incredibly proud of the success of MTK Global and feel privileged to have served as Chairman and CEO since 2018. However, the pressure of the last few weeks has been particularly intense.
‘I need to consider the impact on myself and my family. So, after four years at the helm of MTK, I think it’s time for me to step aside to take on new challenges.’
Sources indicated last night that there was uncertainty within MTK about the future of the company. MTK has not responded to a request for comment.