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fighting words WBC President responds to backlash over support for Daniel Kinahan after meeting in Dubai

I am the president of the WBC, I am not Interpol or the police or someone who has to have a prejudice.”

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World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman Saldivar  Daniel Kinahan and Ahmed Öner in Dubai last week.

World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman Saldivar Daniel Kinahan and Ahmed Öner in Dubai last week.

World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman Saldivar Daniel Kinahan and Ahmed Öner in Dubai last week.

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has responded to backlash over his meeting with Daniel Kinahan.

The Mexican businessman was snapped with Kinahan and controversial promoter Ahmed Öner in Dubai at a Probellum boxing event in March.

Responding to backlash, he told BoxingScene.com: “I am the president of the WBC, I am not Interpol or the police or someone who has to have a prejudice.”

“I went on a trip, I had numerous meetings with a large number of people and groups and I was very happy with what I saw with the promotions and great future that Dubai and the Middle East has [with boxing], but regarding Daniel, I can’t say anything bad about him.”

He also said that he is not one “to judge”: “I have been with so many people all over the world and I am not anyone to judge any one person, all I see is him representing fighters and doing the best for them, so I’m not interested in any conflict or what people try to say.”

Sulaiman said he is “not a detective” and only has “empathy and good will” for everyone involved in boxing.

“I am not a detective and I am not looking into people’s lives. I just have to deal with what is out there and what is put in front of the WBC,” he said.

“There have been people in many sports and many aspects in life who have been in legal troubles, boxing has never had a scandal of fixing fights, it’s a very clean sport and I’m not one to judge.”

“As I say, I deal with 170 countries and I only have empathy and goodwill for everyone and when boxing is supported in good faith,” he continued.

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Ahmet Öner and Daniel Kinahan were pictured together

Ahmet Öner and Daniel Kinahan were pictured together

Ahmet Öner and Daniel Kinahan were pictured together

“We represent a program from Pope Francis’s Foundation and we represent the best… we have social responsibility programs all over… and I’m not someone to judge anyone at all. That’s my position.”

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Continuing to discuss the meeting with the head of the Kinahan Cartel mob, he said he has no knowledge of any wrongdoing by Daniel.

“I don’t really understand because I don’t have any knowledge of any wrongdoing by Daniel or anyone. I don’t judge, I don’t have prejudice and I don’t discriminate. I met him in Dubai, he was right there and I don’t know what to say.”

Sulaiman added that due to Kinahan’s relationship with Tyson Fury he did not want to speak poorly of him. Tyson Fury has no involvement in crime.

“I always heard other people talk bad about others and I don’t take that, I don’t accept discrimination, abuse of power, abuse of character and I believe he has a relationship with Tyson Fury and he’s our heavyweight champion, so I’m not one to discriminate or go against someone’s character because of someone saying something.”

He also said he doesn’t understand why “it’s a big deal” because he is “not the police.”

“I am president of the WBC and we’re doing great things in the whole world day after day.”

The boxing promotion firm, Probellum has declined to make any public comment on what links Kinahan has with the company.

Ahmed Öner, who has referred to Kinahan as a “brother” has a reputation for making threats and has criminal convictions for violence in Germany.

The Sunday World previously reported how he was also shot in the leg in a gun-attack in 2009 which was described at the time as an assassination attempt.

He also hit the headlines for the wrong reasons at a press conference in 2017 before one of Öner’s fighters took on Chris Eubank jr in Germany.

In a bizarre rant he shouted at a member of Eubank’s entourage: "You son of a b****, I f*** your wife in your bed!"

In videos of the press conference which are still on-line he is heard shouting at a member of Eubank’s entourage: "You're a f***ing piece of sh**, a son of a b**** ... you fight me you c***".

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