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Sunny side Boxer Sunny Edwards makes bizarre claims about Hutch family as he defends pal Daniel Kinahan

'Yet the Hutch family who were considered the biggest OC (organised crime) family in Ireland - were going to local government officials for help?' the fighter tweeted

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Daniel Kinahan pictured with Sunny Edwards

Daniel Kinahan pictured with Sunny Edwards

Daniel Kinahan pictured with Sunny Edwards

Boxer Sunny Edwards has taken to Twitter to make bizarre claims about the Kinahan Cartel’s feud with the Hutch family. 

In a long series of tweets, the British IBF flyweight champion has attempted to deflect criticism of the drug kingpin while weighing in on the bloody feud that has cost as many as 18 lives.

Edwards has previously been proudly pictured with Daniel Kinahan, who he describes as a 'friend'.

In one tweet, the boxer appears to suggest that the Hutches sought help from “local government officials” and that they got away with an assassination attempt on Kinahan’s life “because they’re mates” with the Government.

His comments refer to the he infamous Regency Hotel attack on 2016.

During the attack, cartel member David Byrne was allegedly gunned down by members of the Hutch gang who were targeting Daniel Kinahan.

“The police let an assassination attempt on his life happen last time, had clear images of all the culprits & because they’re mates with the govt no arrests were made,” he tweeted in reply to another tweet from a follower who questioned why “an innocent man (Kinahan) wouldn’t come to Ireland and answer a few questions from the police.”

When another follower tweeted that it’s “amazing that he (Kinahan) would attract that much attention as a mere upholsterer and/or altruistic business advisor to boxers, Edwards retorted: “Yet the Hutch family who were considered the biggest OC (organised crime) family in Ireland - were going to local government officials for help?”

Sunny then finds himself having to deflect numerous other reference to his pal Kinahan.

One other user tweets: “Just on this Sunny, not going after you, I'm just used to you normally shooting straight from the hip and not towing the company line.

“Have you actually looked into the case against Kinahan before you chose to work with him?

To which Sunny replies: “Me and Daniel have been friends since I was 18.”

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Boxer Sunny Edwards.  Photo:  Twitter

Boxer Sunny Edwards. Photo: Twitter

Boxer Sunny Edwards. Photo: Twitter

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When one other person tweets a link to a news story about how Kinahan ran a number of cleaning companies in Ireland adding, “I hope this helps you to actually scrutinise the position”, Edwards replies: "Don’t believe everything you read in the papers.”

And when Sunny is asked: “What's the difference between turning a blind eye to slavery and turning one to the Kinahan cartel,” he replies: “Probably (some of) the biggest criminals in the world are the ones in power & above them.

"Also Daniel has never been charged with a single conviction & is a legitimate business man, responsible for 80% of the biggest fights you see in boxing now in one way or another.”

Edwards, who has no involvement in crime, has previously expressed his admiration and thanks to Kinahan.

Replying to a previous tweet apparently criticising his involvement with the crime boss, the IBF flyweight fighter posted a picture of himself with Kinahan and the comment: “What? A picture with me and a legitimate business man who I’ve been friends with for over 7 years?”

He had also previously tweeted how he hoped his “adviser Daniel" could reach an agreement on a unification clash with WBC titleist Julio Cesar Martinez.

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

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

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

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Daniel Kinahan

Daniel Kinahan

Daniel Kinahan

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

Under the photograph, Edwards has written: "Always good to see an old friend."

It was the latest in a series of snaps that Kinahan had appeared in as he 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.

We previously revealed how the head of the Irish mafia was said to be under increasing pressure as he 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.

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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