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Fighting talk Boxer Sunny Edwards thanks crime boss Daniel Kinahan for being his 'adviser' ahead of major bout

The 25-year-old is preparing to defend his IBF World Flyweight title

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Boxer Sunny Edwards.  Photo:  Twitter

Boxer Sunny Edwards. Photo: Twitter

Boxer Sunny Edwards. Photo: Twitter

British boxer Sunny Edwards has thanked crime boss Daniel Kinahan for being his “adviser” ahead of his IBF World Flyweight Championship fight.

The 25-year-old is preparing to defend his IBF World Flyweight title, which he has held since April 2021, against Filipino boxer Jayson Mama in September.

In a tweet, Edwards said: “On September 11th, in the London Copperbox Arena - I will be defending my IBF World Flyweight title against my mandatory challenger Jayson Mama from the Philippines.

“Thank you to my adviser Daniel Kinahan, my management MTK & my promoter Frank Warren for the opportunity. #Sho”

Kinahan, described in the Irish High Court as the leader of the Kinahan organised crime group, was the prime target of the Regency Hotel murder during a boxing weigh-in five years ago.

The shooting sparked a deadly gangland feud which has claimed 18 lives and led to dozens of murder attempts.

The 43-year-old helped launch the boxing and MMA agency MTK Global in 2012, which now looks after around 250 boxers. The company said it cut its ties with Kinahan in 2017.

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Daniel Kinahan

Daniel Kinahan

Daniel Kinahan

Last year, it was announced Kinahan was stepping back from boxing altogether after it emerged that he helped organise a title fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.

However, Edwards’ tweet suggests otherwise, and the BBC Panorama documentary Boxing and the Mob from February has also claimed that Kinahan remains involved in boxing.

Lawyers for MTK Global later confirmed that he was still involved with the agency: “It is true that Mr Kinahan provides some personal advice to a number of boxers managed by MTK Global and we are instructed that Mr Kinahan also provides such advisory services to boxers who are managed by other worldwide boxing management companies too.”

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