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Thursday 24 August 2017

Threat, what threat? as Kinahan hangs out with boxer Fury

Daniel Kinahan (right) in the pub with boxer Tyson Fury
Daniel Kinahan (right) in the pub with boxer Tyson Fury

Cartel boss Daniel Kinahan is no longer worried about being targeted by the rival Hutch mob and is spending more and more time socialising in pubs in the UK, sources have revealed.

The feared crime boss this week appeared in a photo with boxer Tyson Fury posted on Twitter. Sources say the snap was taken in a London pub.

"Daniel's attitude now seems to be 'threat, what threat?' and he has been socialising a lot more frequently in recent times," one source said.

"He had been keeping his head down in a big way for months after last year's Regency Hotel gun attack but he is getting out and about a lot more now as that photo shows."

However, the 39-year-old has not been in Ireland for many months and the last time he was photographed here was at the funeral of his close associate David Byrne, who was shot dead in the Regency Hotel bloodbath 13 months ago.

Kinahan was the chief target of the attack - but he escaped from the hotel unharmed.

It was not previously known that Kinahan had links to controversial Fury (29).

The boxer, who reportedly failed a test administered by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association and subsequently "retired" from the sport, announced on Monday that he was going to return to the ring this year.

Fury hasn't fought since he defeated Wladimir Klitschko in late 2015 to win the world title.

Kinahan and a pal, former boxer Matthew Macklin, set up MGM gym in Marbella four years ago and now manage more than 100 fighters. The gym was raided by police last September. It has since been renamed MTK - Mack The Knife - gym after a legal battle with the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas.

Recently, Macklin spoke about how Kinahan, the son of gang boss Christy Kinahan, had taken a step back from the company.

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"Obviously there's been a lot of bad publicity... Daniel has taken a backwards step. He still advises lots of fighters," he said.

Fury and Macklin have no connection to the capital's deadly feud or gangland crime.

There have been no major incidents in Dublin since the murder of Noel 'Duck Egg' Kirwan, who was shot dead in Ronanstown on December 22.

Daniel Kinahan, who does not have previous convictions, was arrested in 2010 as part of Operation Shovel - the international police probe against his father's criminal empire - but was released without charge.

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