Duns photographer puts boxing champion Josh Taylor on the canvas for campaign fundraiser
World boxing champion Josh Taylor laid out flat on a canvas – it’s something he was determined would never happen. Until now.
The Scottish sporting hero has been featured in a large-framed picture as part of the Knives Down Gloves Up campaign.
It is the brainchild of Duns-based photographer Jennifer Charlton, who caught Josh’s body-breaking shot to Ryan Martin in the Tartan Tornado’s seventh-round victory over the American in the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) bout in Glasgow in November 2018.
Since then, the 29-year-old has gone on to clinch WBSS glory with victory over Regis Prograis in London, where he won the WBA super-lightweight belt to go with his IBF title.
Photographer Jen is raffling the picture to raise money for Knives Down Gloves Up campaign, which promotes getting people off the streets and into gyms.
Jen said: “I know gyms have had to close because of the corona virus, but I think the Knives Down Gloves Up message still remains as important as ever.
“Knife crime is shocking and boxing can provide the way to get people off the streets and give them some direction in life.
“Josh is very proud to be part of the campaign and I’m thrilled he’s supported this.
“He is such a great role model for people.
“It’s one of Josh’s favourite images, and mine too, and and we are delighted to be putting it to good use.”
Jen was keen to make the raffle affordable to as many people as possible, so tickets are pirced at just £5. All ticket sales go to Knives Down Gloves Up.
Details are available on Jennifer Charlton Photography Facebook page and Instagram or you can enter by emailing [email protected]
Taylor, a 2012 Olympian and 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, has racked up a perfect 16-fight professional record, 12 of his wins coming inside the distance.
Prior to lockdown Josh was due to return to the Hydro In Glasgow to defend his titles against mandatory challenger Apinun Khongsong and his loyal fans are awaiting news on when the fight will be rescheduled.