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MTK has attempted to distance itself from Daniel Kinahan

MTK has attempted to distance itself from Daniel Kinahan

MTK has attempted to distance itself from Daniel Kinahan

The Spanish base of a boxing company co-founded by mob boss Daniel Kinahan has been shut.

MTK Marbella, which launched as MGM (Macklin's Gym Marbella) in 2013, was previously raided as part of a crackdown on the Kinahan cartel.

Yesterday the group announced that it was shutting its doors, saying it "will not be reopening after the Covid-19 restrictions".

"We want to thank everyone who has been a part of our family over the past eight years and shared in our incredible journey," MTK Marbella added in a statement.

"Whilst the doors remain closed, the memories will last a lifetime."

It follows a major backlash against Kinahan after it emerged that he was involved in organising a major boxing bout in the Middle East next year.

The group was co-founded by Kinahan and former Irish, British and European Middleweight champion Matthew Macklin, who has no involvement in criminality.

In September 2016 the gym was searched by the Guardia Civil and visiting gardai as part of a major international crackdown on the Kinahan gang.

Partnership

Its name was changed in 2017 to MTK (Mack The Knife) after "lengthy discussions" with the MGM Casino and Resort Group in Las Vegas.

MTK has recently attempted to distance itself from Kinahan, saying his brief involvement with the group ended prior to 2017.

However, last month MTK Global announced a partnership with Middle East company KHK Sports, which hired Kinahan as a special adviser days earlier.

His role with the company has since been terminated after a backlash when it emerged that he played a central role in talks to facilitate the possible bout between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.

Fine Gael TD Neale Richmond hit out at the mobster's efforts to whitewash his links to organised crime, describing Kinahan as an "evil criminal".

It followed a number of bizarre developments relating to Kinahan.

Last month a documentary was released which claimed that the Regency Hotel attack, in which Kinahan was the prime target, was orchestrated by Fine Gael ahead of the 2016 general election. The claim has been described as "grotesque" by former justice minister Charlie Flanagan.

A British rapper also released a song titled Major Plans which also spread the conspiracy.

This followed MTK securing a High Court order directing a "person unknown" from publishing claims that the boxing company was involved in serious crime. The order detailed how MTK was part-founded by Kinahan in 2013 but that in February 2017 he ceased all involvement with the company.

In a witness statement, MTK chief Sandra Vaughan said: "I should stress that Mr Kinahan's brief association with MTK ended many years before I became CEO in October 2017."