Boxing trainers were excited about the pioneering boxing summit Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa (KHK) Sports and Mack The Knife (MTK) Global will host in Bahrain in September 2020. Among them were Adam Booth, 53, and Tunde Ajayi, 46, both from London, England and Pete Taylor, 58, of Birmingham, England.
“It’s great news that MTK and KHK Sports will host the first global leaders boxing summit,” said Taylor, who is a pro trainer and AIBA 3-star amateur coach. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for the leaders of the sport from all over the world to share intelligence and spark discussions that will help shape the future of boxing.”
Prior to the announcement of the boxing summit, KHK Sports appointed MTK Global co-founder Daniel Kinahan, 42, of Ireland as a special advisor. He has been instrumental in securing some of the biggest global events in the sport and as advisor for Top Rank in the MENA region, he has expertise and connections that will strengthen the KHK Sports brand and immediately expand its international reach.
“The joining of MTK and KHK is further evidence of MTK’s continued growth and development,” Booth said. “The appointment of Daniel Kinahan as advisor to KHK is already proving to be a significant decision with the news that this partnership is to host the first ever global summit of world boxing. Bringing all the major players in world boxing together potentially creates a worldwide cohesion in our sport that has never existed before.”
KHK Sports is a vision of His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, 30, of Bahrain. He is his home country’s first deputy president of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, the Bahrain Olympic Committee president and the BRAVE Combat Federation founder.
“This is fantastic news for boxing,” said Ajayi, the trainer of British professional boxer Anthony Yarde. “The merging of the East and West will open up opportunities for many fighters and Daniel has proven to be one of the elite people in the sport of boxing to help build this bridge in the Middle East with the Royal Family of Bahrain. (This is) a good day for boxing.”