Daniel Kinahan: Alleged head of 'murderous organization' with links to boxing targeted by US government

    A US State Department photo of Daniel Kinahan.

    (CNN)The US Department of State is offering rewards of up to $5 million for information leading to each of the arrests of three Irish "transnational organized criminals," notably Daniel Kinahan, who has wielded significant influence in the boxing world in recent years.

    According to a US Department of State announcement on Tuesday, the Kinahan Transnational Criminal Organization has engaged in narcotics trafficking, money laundering, firearms trafficking and murder.
    Kinahan's links to boxing come through his former ties to the agency MTK Global, an organization whose most prestigious client is heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, who is due to fight Dillian Whyte in a world title bout on April 23 in London.
      In February 2021, a BBC Panorama investigation examined Kinahan's influence in world boxing.
        Mr. Kinahan's lawyer told the BBC that Kinahan has no criminal record or convictions and the allegations about him being a crime boss are false and have no evidential basis.
        The lawyer said: "In so far as our client's record in boxing is concerned, he is proud of his record in boxing to date."
        Legendary boxing promoter Bob Arum, CEO and founder of Las Vegas-based Top Rank, Inc., is promoting Fury's fight with Whyte together with Frank Warren's Queensberry Promotions.
          According to the Mail Online, Arum said that Fury has been told by Warren that their future dealings will not include Kinahan.
          "I'm a US citizen and the Treasury department does not take these steps lightly," Arum told the Mail. "We will respect them (sanctions preventing Kinahan doing business in the US).
          "We are not going to deal with Kinahan and his people. We will deal directly (with Fury) or his lawyer Robert Davis."
          The US Department of State's $5 million reward followed the US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announcement on Monday that it has imposed sanctions on Kinahan, describing the Irishman as one of the leaders of the Kinahan Organized Crime Group (KOCG).
          The OFAC described the KOCG as "a murderous organization involved in the international trafficking of drugs and firearms."
          The investigation was a collaboration between the OFAC and multiple US agencies, Ireland's national police force, the UK's National Crime Agency, and the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, the OFAC release said.
          The OFAC said that "each member of the KOCG reports to Daniel Kinahan, who is believed to run the day-to-day operations of the organization."
          According to the OFAC, Kinahan is based in Dubai.
          Top Rank Founder and CEO Bob Arum (L) and boxer Tyson Fury laugh during a news conference at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on September 11, 2019 in Las Vegas.

          'Getting this deal over the line'

          The OFAC's sanctions also affect a number of Kinahan associates, notably Ian Dixon, who owns or controls "directly or indirectly, Hoopoe Sports LLC."
          Hoopoe Sports is a UAE-based sports management and advisory company, according to the OFAC.
          Hoopoe Sports' website says it has an "expertise in professional combat sports (Boxing & MMA) and an enviable record of success among its advised fighters."
          Dixon did not respond to CNN's request for comment v