Heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury has reportedly dropped notorious crime boss Daniel Kinahan as an adviser just weeks after praising him for negotiating lucrative fight deals on his behalf.
The move comes amid continuing criticism of Kinahan's efforts to wipe the slate clean over his involvement in criminality and reinvent himself as a boxing promoter.
It also comes less than a week after highly-respected sports company KHK in Bahrain confirmed it had cut ties with Kinahan just a month after hiring him as an adviser.
Revealing the news in an interview, Fury's boxing promoter Bob Arum said he had discussed the matter with Fury and decided his company Top Rank Boxing will handle future negotiations.
"Over the weekend I've had a lot of conversations with Tyson Fury and what we both decided is that myself, Top Rank and Fury will do all negotiations for fights in the future," he said.
"Whether it's for [Anthony] Joshua, or [Deontay] Wilder, or anybody else. We've informed Eddie Hearn about that. He knows where to go for the negotiations. Tyson and I have had long negotiations about it. That's the way it's going to be."
He said the pair talked with Kinahan, who they both "love and admire and respect", and Kinahan understands that it's best the negotiations on Tyson's side "be handled that way".
"Both Tyson and I have each discussed this with Dan and he is amenable and satisfied and wished us luck. He only wants the best for Tyson Fury," said Arum.
While he has yet to publicly comment on the news, Tyson Fury tweeted a photograph last night with the words: "If you walk into a boxing gym, you'll see things like police officers mixing with ex-criminals, the rich mixing with the poor.
"Different races mixing together, no false pretences, just love and unity. The world would be a better place if it was more like a boxing gym."
Kinahan has been identified in the High Court as a senior figure in organised crime here who controlled and managed the family-organised crime group he is seen to have inherited from his father Christy Kinahan.
The Kinahan crime group has also been found by the Special Criminal Court to carry out "execution-type murders to protect its core activities" as well as drugs trafficking and gun offences.
Speaking to the Herald last night, Dublin Rathdown Fine Gael TD Neale Richmond said that "full clarity" is needed that Kinahan will have "no involvement" in the proposed bout between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.
"Daniel Kinahan cannot continue to use boxing as a tool to rehabilitate his image and whitewash his very sinister criminal past as per the ruling of our special criminal court," he told the Herald.
"We also need to see clarity from MTK of what exact role Daniel Kinahan has with them.
"It's time other boxers like Billy Joe Saunders dropped Daniel Kinahan and distanced themselves from him.
"We have seen our brave journalists lead the charge in exposing Daniel Kinahan for who he is, there is much more work to be done though."
The controversy about Dubai-based Kinahan and his efforts to reinvent himself came under the spotlight earlier this month when Tyson Fury posted a video via Twitter praising Kinahan for his role in setting up two lucrative bouts with fellow British heavyweight Anthony Joshua.
Fury took to social media to heap praise on Kinahan, but the actions of the mob boss in trying to erase his links to criminal activities, and involvement in one of the most murderous feuds here with the Hutch family which has led to 16 deaths, was met with widespread criticism.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dail in recent weeks that the Department of Foreign Affairs had been in contact with authorities in the United Arab Emirates about that matter.
He said he had been "taken aback" to see Tyson Fury in his social media video mentioning Kinahan's name.
Last week a statement from the National Communication Centre in the Middle East said: "KHK Sports is a global sports media property dedicated to the development of sports from the grass-roots level.
"KHK Sports confirms that it has discontinued engagement with Daniel Kinahan and he is no longer an adviser to KHK Sports."