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Champion boxer Sunny Edwards says he doesn't know if he is part of US Kinahan ban

Edwards has previously described Kinahan as a 'legitimate businessman'

Alan Sherry

A WORLD champion boxer who is pals with Daniel Kinahan has said he doesn’t know if he is one of 600 people who have been banned from travelling to US due to connections with the Kinahans.

IBF Flyweight world champion Sunny Edwards, who was managed by MTK, described Kinahan as a “legitimate businessman” earlier this year and previously described him as his friend and adviser.

Assistant Garda Commissioner John O’Driscoll revealed this week that US authorities had drawn up a list of 600 people, many who are believed to have links to the world of boxing, who are now banned from travelling to America as a result of their links with the Kinahans.

Edwards was asked in an interview with Boxing King Media this weekend if he was one of the 600 on the list but he said he didn’t know.

“I’ve never tried flying to the States before so I don’t know. I don’t know. No comment. I’m going to leave this to my legal team. It’ is what it is.”

The British boxer previously took to Twitter to defend Kinahan after someone asked him what he’d do if Daniel’s coke and heroin money stopped coming in.

“Daniel is a legitimate businessman and a man who has also never paid me a penny. True story,” Edwards replied.

He previously described Kinahan as a “friend and adviser”.

“He’s just someone I can call to have a conversation with,” he said.

He also tweeted conspiracy theories about the Regency Hotel shooting earlier this year.

“The police let an assassination attempt on his life happen last time, had clear images of all the culprits and because they’re mates with the govt no arrests were made.”

Several people have been arrested and charged in relation to the Regency attack.

Edwards, who has no involvement in crime, has said he has been friends with Kinahan since he was 18 and was one of many boxers to rush to Kinahan’s defence on social media in recent years.

A number of boxing figures with links to Kinahan have already been refused entry to the US including his close pal Matthew Macklin who was stopped from travelling to Las Vegas where he was due to commentate on a fight for Sky Sports.

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