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Sunny is a staunch defender of Kinahan who has appeared in various social media posts alongside other fighters in recent months

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Daniel Kinahan pictured with Sunny Edwards

Daniel Kinahan pictured with Sunny Edwards

Daniel Kinahan pictured with Sunny Edwards

The boxer Sunny Edwards, who counts exiled crime boss Daniel Kinahan as a “friend” and trusted “adviser”, is topping the bill at an elite-level showcase fight in Dubai in March. 

The British IBF flyweight champion, who is defending his title against Muhammad Waseem, one of Pakistan’s biggest boxing stars, is featured in the headline contest at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, located at The Irish Village, on March 19.

Sunny is a staunch defender of Kinahan who has appeared in various social media posts alongside a number of other fighters in recent month.

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

Replying to a 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?”

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Sunny Edwards

Sunny Edwards

Sunny Edwards

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.

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."

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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.

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."

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!!

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UFC fighter Darren Till, who is not involved in crime, takes a stroll in Dubai with Daniel Kinahan

UFC fighter Darren Till, who is not involved in crime, takes a stroll in Dubai with Daniel Kinahan

UFC fighter Darren Till, who is not involved in crime, takes a stroll in Dubai with Daniel Kinahan

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 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”.

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Daniel Kinahan

Daniel Kinahan

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

Meanwhile, the President of Probellum, the global boxing company that is hosting the Dubai battle featuring Edwards, said that as they are taking place over St Patrick’s Day weekend, there will be an Irish theme to proceedings.

“Probellum has made a huge impact in the boxing world in a short period and we have some major plans for this year, starting with these two history-making shows in Dubai,” Richard Schaefer said.

“There was a fantastic response to our first-ever event, which took place in Dubai at the end of last year, and we know there is a big appetite for boxing in the city.

“These two shows will feature many top-quality fighters from around the world, including Sunny Edwards, Muhammad Waseem, Tyrone McKenna, and Regis Prograis. We would encourage fans to secure tickets early in order to ensure they don’t miss out on what will undoubtedly be another fantastic event.”

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