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Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn speaks on US sanctions on Daniel Kinahan

Kinahan has used boxing in an attempt to 'sportswash' his image

Eddie Hearn. Photo: Inpho

Eamon Dillon

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn spoke about the US government sanctions this week against crime boss Daniel Kinahan who advises a raft of professional boxers.

He told Boxing Social today: "I think there's not much to say on it other than we're a huge global business that follows all regulations, guidelines and sanctions put in place and we will continue to do so.

"We'll take relevant advice. I don't think there's too much to say other than that.”

"Of course, follow any rules and guidelines that are put in place."

Asked if he would no longer work with Kinahan as Top Rank CEO Bob Arum has said, he replied: "The same as what I just said.”

"That everything's set out in black and white in terms of what's allowed and what's not allowed.

"We will follow all guidelines put in place by whatever country, by whatever federal government, federation...whatever that may be."

Last year, Hearn said the focus on Kinahan after the BBC Panorama documentary Boxing And The Mob was "bad news" for boxing.

"Anything that's negative, or anything that portrays a negative spin on the sport is bad news for me," Hearn said.

"It's bad news for the sport.”

Kinahan along with his father and brother and four other people were placed on a sanctions list by the US Department of Treasury for their involvement in organised crime.

It was stated the gang are involved in murder, drugs trafficking and money laundering.

Daniel Kinahan has attempted to use boxing to ‘sportwash’ his reputation as a legitimate boxing manager and adviser.

Top heavy-weight Tyson Fury is the most prominent fighter to have publicly acknowledged the crime boss as an adviser.

No questions about this relationship with Kinahan were allowed at a virtual press conference last night ahead of his Wembley Stadium clash with Dillian Whyte.

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