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New boss at MGM gym as Kinahan heads for Dubai


New MGM boss Sam Kynoch (left) with Daniel Kinahan

New MGM boss Sam Kynoch (left) with Daniel Kinahan

New MGM boss Sam Kynoch (left) with Daniel Kinahan

A boxing gym linked to Daniel Kinahan has appointed a new group managing director following his departure to the Middle East.

The Macklin Gym Marbella (MGM), which is based in the southern Spanish province of Malaga, made the announcement last week.

Sam Kynoch (29), who was formerly involved with the organisation’s Scottish gym, has been appointed as the new managing director.

The trained barrister’s appointment coincides with the retirement of Matthew Macklin, who is a close friend of cartel leader Daniel Kinahan.

However, neither Kynoch nor Macklin have any involvement in organised crime.


The announcement coincided with the news that Kinahan has joined his father in the Middle East following growing tensions in Dublin and mainland Europe.

Christopher, along with his other son Christy Jr, is believed to have been residing in Dubai over the last number of months.

The Herald previously revealed how up to 20 thugs involved with the international crime gang are expected to jet out to the Persian Gulf for a “senior level” meeting later this week.

Daniel Kinahan has been working as a manager for a number of the gym’s fighters in recent months, and was present at a number of MGM promotions in the capital over the last year. In a statement released by MGM, Kynoch said the move was due to a number of people taking “a step back” from boxing.

“The opportunity to assume control of the MGM brand has arisen as a result of individuals within the team looking to step back from the boxing world and because of Matthew (Macklin) retiring from the ring (and) looking to push the MGM brand in new territories,” Mr Kynoch said.

“We will also be announcing some massive new signings in the coming months – as well as continuing to work with our current stable of boxers. We have a great team here at MGM and I am delighted to be at the helm for what promises to be a very exciting journey.”