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Eddie Hearn

Eddie Hearn

Eddie Hearn

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has expressed his frustration at the fresh wave of controversy swirling around the sport in the wake of last week’s devastating Panorama exposé.

Hearn, who represents megastar Anthony Joshua, said the BBC documentary ‘Boxing and the Mob’ that revealed how suspected crime boss Daniel Kinahan is still involved in the sport had brought the story to a much bigger audience.

Kinahan, who is described as an adviser within the sport, led talks on behalf of Tyson Fury with Hearn last summer when an initial two-fight agreement was reached.

After Fury hailed Kinahan for getting that deal “over the line” the ensuing uproar forced the Dubliner step away from the talks. Bob Arum, who co-promotes the Gypsy King with Frank Warren, stepped into his place.

Now Hearn has reacted to the latest controversy, saying the reason “this has come around is because of the focus on the fact that Daniel Kinahan is Tyson Fury’s advisor”.

“And initially, when we had to make that fight we were instructed to do so via Daniel Kinahan. Not Frank Warren, not Bob Arum,” Hearn said. "Now, because of the furore that switched to Bob Arum.

“But now it’s obviously brought the story to a much bigger audience, thus the BBC Panorama story.

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Daniel Kinahan

Daniel Kinahan

Daniel Kinahan

“The show we saw the other night didn’t tell the hardcore boxing audience anything different,” he added, “because that story’s been told.

“But what it did do was open that story up to a much wider audience, which is not good for boxing because that’s the wider audience I talk about that I’m trying to convince to bring into boxing.

“With boxing, it always feels like, not certain people, but people never quite want it to get there.

“So anything that represents boxing in a bad light is never good for the sport.”

Last week, outspoken TD Neale Richmond called on the Chief Executive of Sky Media in Ireland to ensure no future boxing matches involving Daniel Kinahan will be shown on the network.

Richmond pointed to the fact that Sky is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, which means they have an obligation to address any issues within their supply chains.

JD Buckley has been at the helm of Sky Ireland for almost two years has been told that "now is not the time for ignorance" and is urged to take a stand against Daniel Kinahan and his criminal behaviour.

“I am writing to you once again in reference to Daniel Kinahan’s ongoing involvement in professional boxing in an attempt to whitewash his reputation,” the TD said.

Kinahan was forced to deny issuing threats to journalists after a member of the BBC Panorama team involved in the investigative documentary on him were informed of a threat to their safety.

The 43-year-old has also said that he continues to be involved in “planning multiple record-breaking and exciting world title fights” and that he has helped stage up to a dozen to date.

In a lengthy statement he hit out at the non-jury Special Criminal Court, denied being part of a criminal gang, and said that he will “continue to always choose love and choose God” in his life.

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