Boxing star Gary Jacobs splits from promoter linked to infamous Gangland clan
Boxing hero Gary Jacobs has split from a controversial promoter who had ties to a notorious international crime clan.
The former fighter parted ways with Sam Kinoch – the owner of the Kinoch boxing promotion which was linked to the Kinnahan family.
The 56-year-old former European welterweight champion now works out with young boxers at a health and fitness center in Thornleybank, Glasgow.
He declined to provide details as to why he parted company with Kynouch, 35, but denied that it had anything to do with the links to Kynohance, who has a $5 million bounty on his capture.
He told the Sunday Mail: “I don’t want to have anything to do with the Keonoch organization anymore. I initially helped the boy but it was time to move on.
He said, ‘I believe that I have a very strong name in the world of boxing.
“I’ve been doing this for 40 years, but I was just pushed aside as if I were a non-existence by Mr. Sam Kinoch. I had run out of use of him so it was time to split the company up and let him do his job.” The time has come and I do my work.
Jacobs posted last week: “Due to a number of unfortunate circumstances, I am no longer a part of the Keonoch boxing promotion, Jim or Sam Keonoch, or do not wish to do anything.
“Eight years is a long time and I have learned an important lesson on trust and loyalty. I have gone ahead and wish them all the best.”
Jacobs worked with Keonoch for nearly a decade, training young boxers at his gym in Tradestone, Glasgow.
He said he knew nothing about Kinoch’s alleged relationship with the Kinhans other than what was in the Sunday Mail.
He added: “It has nothing to do with who he has been involved with.
“I don’t know him. I don’t know who he’s connected to. It’s just a personal matter between Sam Keonoch and me.”
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Kynoch had ties to 44-year-old Daniel Kinahan, the head of the clan.
In 2015 she founded a gym in Glasgow called MGM Scotland, described as a “sister” gym of MGM Marbella in Spain – founded by Kinahan in 2012.
Two years later MGM was rebranded as MTK Global and Kinoch was appointed by Kinahan as Group Managing Director.
Members of the Dubai-based clan are wanted by US officials for murder, firearms and drug trafficking.
In 2018, a former corporate lawyer, Kynoch started his own firm, Kynoch Boxing Promotions.
It works with the sport’s latest stars, including world champ Hannah Rankin.
There is no suggestion that Kinoch, who switched full-time to the boxing promotion in 2013, is involved in the crime.
He was a former amateur boxer who competed for Scotland before ending his career at the age of 19.
In a statement after the Sunday Mail disclosed the crime links earlier this month, Keonoch said: “Following the founding of Keonoch Boxing in 2018, I severed ties with MTK Global – the boxing management and promotion business that had It had ceased operations last month.
“Any presumption that I am associated with MTK Global or that of anyone associated with MTK Global is incorrect.”
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