Sky Sports have now reacted to a letter sent by Irish MP Neale Richmond urging the network to look into the involvement of Tyson Fury’s advisor in a potential Anthony Joshua fight.
Richmond wrote to both Sky and BT Sport this week in a desperate plea. The pair are the UK broadcasters set to gain rights to an undisputed clash.
Part of it stated: “I would relish the opportunity to watch Tyson Fury take on Anthony Joshua. I am sure it will be a much sought after broadcast.
“However, I feel it is your duty as a broadcaster if you do aspire to broadcast this proposed fight, to truly familiarise yourself with the actions of Daniel Kinahan.
“Are you comfortable with your company being associated with such an individual?”
— Neale Richmond (@nealerichmond) June 11, 2020
Kinahan, thanked by Fury for his role in securing a 50-50 deal, has been accused of being involved in an organized crime ring.
At this point, he’s not been charged with any crime.
There are now growing concerns in the boxing world about dealings with a man who Fury has been heavily praising in the media.
Within hours of Richmond’s correspondence, BT moved to distance themselves from the fight.
BT’s statement on the matter, read: “BT Sport is not currently involved in the Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua negotiations.
“Our broadcast agreement for the fights of Tyson Fury is exclusive with Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions. We have had no dealings with MTK or any of their representatives for this fight.
“BT reviews all sports rights and broadcast deals with the appropriate levels of responsibility and scrutiny before deciding on a course of action.
“We cannot comment further on a potential fight. Which to the best of our knowledge is not confirmed. And which has not been offered to us.”
Should the Irish politician’s warnings be heeded, it could be a massive blow to all involved in trying to make Fury vs Joshua a reality.
Sky Sports said: “Sky Sports has an exclusive contract with Matchroom Sports and with Anthony Joshua.
“We have not been involved in negotiations for a possible Joshua v Fury fight. All our broadcast deals are subject to careful consideration.”
A saga featuring Fury and Joshua is being eyed for two fights. Possibly one in 2021 and one in 2022.
Talks remain ongoing.