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Eddie Hearn says Panorama’s Daniel Kinahan documentary is ‘bad news’ for boxing

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Eddie Hearn says Panorama’s Daniel Kinahan documentary is ‘bad news’ for boxing

Eddie Hearn has said that the Panorama exposé which shone light on Daniel Kinahan’s involvement in boxing is ‘bad news’ for the sport.Eddie Hearn posing for the camera© Provided by Extra.ie

The ‘Boxing and the Mob’ documentary revealed the suspected Irish crime boss is still involved in the sport, advising fighters such as Tyson Fury, despite previous claims that he had stepped away.

Hearn, one of the top promoters in boxing, has now responded to the documentary, admitting that it brought Kinahan’s background to a new audience which he is trying to attract.Eddie Hearn wearing a suit and tie: Eddie Hearn has said that documentary which shone light on Daniel Kinahan’s involvement in boxing is ‘bad news’ for the sport. Pic: Getty Images© Provided by Extra.ie Eddie Hearn has said that documentary which shone light on Daniel Kinahan’s involvement in boxing is ‘bad news’ for the sport. Pic: Getty Images

Kinahan has no previous convictions but was named as a senior figure in organised crime by the High Court in 2018.

‘I think boxing’s unique in that there are no barriers to entry,’ Hearn told the Boxing News podcast in the UK.

So, whether you want to become a fighter, whether you want to become an advisor, whether you want to become a trainer, whether you want to become a promoter you can do it.

If you turned around today and said, “I want to start advising fighters” you’re off and running.a man wearing a hat: A BBC Panorama special called ‘Boxing and the Mob’ detailed Daniel Kinahan’s involvement in boxing world. Pic: Collins Dublin© Provided by Extra.ie A BBC Panorama special called ‘Boxing and the Mob’ detailed Daniel Kinahan’s involvement in boxing world. Pic: Collins Dublin

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

‘The show we saw the other night didn’t tell the hardcore boxing audience anything different — 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.a man jumping in the air: Tyson Fury credits Daniel Kinahan for getting the deal to fight Anthony Joshua over the line. Pic: Harry How/Getty Images© Provided by Extra.ie Tyson Fury credits Daniel Kinahan for getting the deal to fight Anthony Joshua over the line. Pic: Harry How/Getty Images

You work and you work and you work and you work and you’re nearly there, and then it’s like “No, boxing’s dead! No, look at these people involved in boxing!”, and that’s what we’re constantly fighting against.

From our perspective, we have no say over who manages, advises, represents fighters.

‘That would be a complete conflict of interest as a promoter. And we will deal with who we’re instructed to deal with from a fighter’s respect to make the fights that the fans and the broadcasters want to see.a man standing in front of Anthony Joshua, Eddie Hearn posing for the camera: Eddie Hearn, boxing promoter (R) and Anthony Joshua. Pic: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images© Provided by Extra.ie Eddie Hearn, boxing promoter (R) and Anthony Joshua. Pic: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

‘The reason this has come around, really, 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.

Now, because of the furore that [fight negotiation] switched to Bob Arum.

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

‘Like I say, anything that’s negative, or anything that portrays a negative spin on the sport is bad news for me. It’s bad news for the sport,’ he added.

Any sport — it doesn’t matter if it’s boxing, or if it’s football or if it’s tiddlywinks – anything that portrays a sport in a bad light stops the progress that you’re trying to make.’

Hearn represents megastar Anthony Joshua, who is set to fight Tyson Fury this year in one of the biggest fights in boxing history, after Kinahan led the talks for the Gypsy King.

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