World Boxing Council chief says meeting Daniel Kinahan was an ‘innocent mistake’

World Boxing Council (WBC) President Mauricio Sulaiman Saldivar said it was an “innocent mistake” to pose for a picture with drug lord Daniel Kinahan and later give him his “full support”.

We met the Irish gangster at a probellum boxing event in Dubai last month and later shared a photo of the couple with promoter Ahmed Öner.

There is no indication that Ahmed Öner is involved in any crime.

Mr Saldivar had described Kinahan as a “character who was crossed out and labeled as a person associated with criminal groups, creating prejudice against a large segment of the global boxing community”.

He added: “I’m not one to judge anyone and it has been our organization’s policy to fight all forms of discrimination and abuse of power in front of every person and group.

“Therefore, Daniel will have our full support in his quest to bring benefits to boxing.”

Now Mr Saldivar has denied the WBC has any connection with Kinahan after the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control issued a press release last week detailing the sanctions against Kinahan, his father Christopher Snr and brother Christopher Jnr and other members detailed the “Kinahan Organized Crime Group (KOCG)” for their criminal activities”.

His previous praise for the mafia boss was an “innocent mistake” that he made out of “absolute ignorance”.

“The WBC has for many years conducted a large number of social responsibility campaigns focused on prevention and awareness of the dangers of drug use,” he said in a statement.

“We have a wonderful speaking program from a former DEA agent, Rocky Heron, who is reaching thousands of people with his presentations.

“We have rescued many boxers and members of the boxing community around the world from the demons of addiction, and we openly and continuously support rehabilitation clinics such as those of Julio Cesar Chavez and Aaron Silva, among others.

“In this way, I confirm that the World Boxing Council and all its members absolutely reject any act that harms people and we will, as always, fully comply with the laws of all countries in the world.” World Boxing Council chief says meeting Daniel Kinahan was an ‘innocent mistake’

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