Eddie Hearn reacts to sanctions imposed on Daniel Kinahan

Eddie Hearn gave a short answer when asked what he thought about Daniel Kinahan being sanctioned by US authorities this week.

By talking to social boxinghe was pressed to say what his reaction was to the Dublin mobster being among seven cartel figures, including his father and brother, to be named in an international collaboration to suppress their illegal activities.

He said: “Yeah, similar to your interview with Frank Smith that I saw yesterday.

“I think there’s not much to say about it other than that we are a huge global company that is following all the regulations, guidelines and sanctions put in place and we will continue to do so.

“We will take relevant advice. I don’t think there is too much to say other than that. Frank (Smith) had this conversation with you yesterday.

“Of course, follow all the rules and guidelines put in place.”

When asked if he would no longer work with Kinahan, as Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said, he replied, “The same as what I just said.

“That everything is written in black and white in terms of what is allowed and what is not allowed.

“We will follow all guidelines put in place by any country, by any federal government, federation… whatever it is.”

Kinahan has been an influential adviser to some of Britain’s and Ireland’s greatest boxers for years, so news of this US government action being taken against him has rocked the sport.

MTK Global, the promotion he co-founded in 2012 as MGM, said in a statement it would have no involvement with them in the future.

The company also insisted he had no involvement since leaving the promotion in 2017.

A $5 million reward was also issued in exchange for key information leading to the dismantling of the Kinahan Cartel.

This week’s dramatic news has obviously also had a serious ripple effect for top boxing figures in the United States.

Arum insisted he would cut all ties with Kinahan and even claimed he planned to do so before the sanctions were imposed on the 44-year-old.

In an interview with Newstalk, he said: “I cannot deal with him in the future because of my government’s position.

He also added: “Frankly, I was very surprised because I didn’t know that the United States was involved in this activity, so it really surprised me.

“I can’t speak and I can’t speak about his relationship with us either, but when my government makes a statement like he did as a law-abiding citizen of the United States, I don’t have no other alternative but to respect his determination.”

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