Sunny Edwards Opens Up On ‘Sensitive’ Friendship With Daniel Kinahan

The U.S. imposed sanctions on Kinahan earlier this year.

British boxer Sunny Edwards has called his relationship with Irish boxer Daniel Kinahan a “sensitive topic.”

The IBF flyweight champion used to be one of Kinahan’s staunch defenders on social media posts related to him.

In January, the 26-year-old claimed that Kinahan is a “legitimate business man who I’ve been friends with for over 7 years”.

“I did have a relationship with Daniel, but at the time he was working in boxing. Every promoter was working with him, making fights. That’s facts,” he told the BBC.

Edwards was one of many fighters who backed Kinahan as a “legitimate businessman” before cutting all ties with him.

“I met a lot of promoters in and around having him involved. He’s no longer in boxing, and now it’s about focusing on the future.

“It is one of those sensitive topics and a hard spot to really answer from because you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t.”

The 26-year-old believes that loyalty to the BBC was one of the biggest reasons why he was motivated to defend an under-fire Kinahan previously.

“The boxers are the smallest cog. It’s a thankless job we’re doing,” he insisted. “There are fighters who have lost their lives earning £800, £600 on the night.

“You have every conversation. When every single promoter in world boxing was willing to make phone calls and meetings with [Kinahan], then why is it up to the boxers to do more? I don’t get it.

“There is right and wrong, but why are the smallest cogs the baddest people when promoters were the ones making the conversation?”

“I’ve never tried flying to the States before so I don’t know. I don’t know. No comment. I’m going to leave this to my legal team. It is what it is.”

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