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Boxer Sunny Edwards hopes 'adviser' Daniel Kinahan can reach deal on title clash

"Adviser Daniel" is a reference to the exiled crime boss who was recently pictured with his arm around Edwards in Dubai
Sunny in a previous snap with Kinahan

Sunny in a previous snap with Kinahan

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

The champion boxer Sunny Edwards has tweeted how he hopes his “adviser”, gang boss Daniel Kinahan, can reach an agreement on a unification clash with WBC titleist Julio Cesar Martinez.

The IBF flyweight fighter tweeted that he had “been told the Martinez fight is close to getting made,” adding, “I know Ed, Edd and Eddy never wanted anything to do with this fight - so I hope they don’t avoid me.”

He adds: “Hopeful that my adviser Daniel and @EddieHearn can reach an agreement soon as I’m ready to go March/April.”

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His ‘adviser Daniel’ is a reference to the exiled crime boss who was recently pictured with his arm around Edwards in Dubai.

In the snap, Kinahan can been seen pointing to a 'No Drugs' slogan on a tee-shirt in what was the latest pose for the camera with another famous boxer.

Under the photograph, Edwards - who has no involvement in crime - has written: "Always good to see an old friend."

The Liverpool-born fighter has been one of Kinahan's most vocal defenders and recently described him as a "legitimate" businessman.

Bizarrely - and probably knowingly - Kinahan smiles for the camera as he points to Edwards' t-shirt which bears the caption: "No Drugs, No Champions."

It was the latest in a series of snaps that Kinahan had appeared in as started posing in images with high-profile boxers after going camera shy for a short period following the BBC Panorama expose on his criminal past.

The previous week he was also snapped with another Liverpool-fighter Darren Till on a beach in the Middle East.

It was the second time Till - who is represented by MTK Global - has posted images of Daniel Kinahan on his social media accounts.

In March 2020, he posted a photograph on Twitter and launched a staunch defence of his 'friend' Kinahan saying "he had given me more valuable advice as a friend anyone I’ve ever met in a professional capacity."

Darren Till and Daniel Kinahan (right)

Darren Till and Daniel Kinahan (right)

UFC fighter Till - who has no involvement in crime - described how Kinahan continues to be involved in boxing from his home in the Middle East.

Till wrote: "Good stroll on the beach tonight in Dubai with one of me good pal, Daniel Kinahan is advising Eddie Hearn and Al Haymon is advising Leonard Ellerbe for Eddie Hearn and Leonard Ellerbe to fight. Wow!!

"Good luck Eddie, I’m rooting for you son."

Kinahan continues to be supported by a number of boxers and fighters - even as he becomes increasingly isolated from the criminal underworld in Ireland.

We revealed how the head of the Irish mafia was said to be under increasing pressure as spends his final days of freedom in Dubai while the law enforcement net continues to tighten.

Kinahan moves about with extreme caution in his Dubai bolthole, staying in different places every night and rarely seeing his wife Caoimhe Robinson as he tries to remain on the move while juggling a billion-euro drug empire on the verge of collapse.

Bob Arum and Daniel Kinahan

Bob Arum and Daniel Kinahan

Leading boxing writer Alan Dawson recently revealed how sources have told him Daniel Kinahan micromanages his appearances on social media.

US journalist Dawson - who is the combat sports correspondent for Insider magazine - made the comment after Kinahan recently posed for a number of photographs on social media.

According to Dawson, who is well-known for his investigations into Kinahan's involvement in boxing, that whenever Kinahan's name, or image, crops up “it's because he, specifically, wants it to”.

“He tells people what to say and is a micromanager in this game, according to sources with direct knowledge of his actions,” Dawson tweeted.


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