Retired boxers Roy Jones Jr., 51, of Pensacola, Florida, United States and Badou “The Ripper” Jack, 36, of Stockholm, Sweden shared their thoughts about MTK Global co-founder Daniel Kinahan, 42, of Ireland. Recently, KHK Sports appointed Kinahan as a special advisor.
“I’ve spent a lot of time with my friend Daniel Kinahan and what I love about Daniel is that he is more concerned about the boxers than he is about anything else,” Jones shared. “It’s very hard to find people in the business that think like this.”
“Most people in the sport look at boxers like race dogs or race horses but not Daniel,” Jones continued. “He treats you like a boxer or as a friend and sometimes even as his own kid so I think he’s a fantastic addition to the team at KHK Sports.”
For Jack, the appointment of Kinahan as an advisor to KHK Sports speaks to him in volumes as it shows that the sports media project is taking the growth and expansion of boxing in the region very seriously. Jack said, “Aside from the tremendous knowledge and experience Daniel brings to the table, he’s a personal friend of mine and I see his integrity and character firsthand.”
“He always puts fighters first and that’s rare in this sport,” Jack said of Kinahan. “KHK couldn’t have chosen a better person to partner with.”
MTK Global and KHK Sports will host a conference that will see industry leaders sit down together for the first time to discuss the future of boxing. It is scheduled to be held in Bahrain in September 2020.
“I’m so happy to hear about the growth and expansion of boxing and combat sports in the Middle East,” Jack shared. “The recent partnership between MTK and KHK Sports will only bring a much larger focus and larger events to the region, which is a win for everyone involved.”
“The idea of a global boxing Summit is what boxing has needed for quite some time now,” Jack continued. “There are too many promoters, networks, managers and everything in-between that prevent the best fights from happening in our sport.”
“Having started Badou Jack Promotions and being a two-division world champion, I see and experience it firsthand,” Jack added. “This could be the beginning of a new era of boxing as we know it and I think it’s great.”
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.
“The partnership between KHK Sports and MTK Global is great news for boxing and in particular boxers around the world,” Jones said. “I know they treat fighters the way fighters deserve to be treated. I am looking forward to being a part of this historic summit which is going to be a wonderful opportunity for our sport to move forward.”