Katie Taylor donates gloves from US debut to Motor Neurone Disease charity

A young fan in tears as she meets her hero Katie Taylor in Bray on Friday night

Katie Taylor has donated the gloves that she wore for her 2017 American boxing debut, against Jasmine Clarkson, to Motor Neurone Disease charity, Watch Your Back MND.

The reigning Undisputed World Lightweight Champion and 2012 Olympic Gold medallist used the gloves in her third-round stoppage victory over Clarkson in the Barclays Centre, in New York City, in July 2017.

The 33-year-old Bray-native has now contributed the gloves to Watch Your Back MND — a new
initiative set up to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) research — to be sold by way of a silent auction.

She presented them, along with a signed letter of authenticity, to musician Roy Taylor following
her most recent win in June; a decision win over Delfine Persoon which crowned her the undisputed lightweight champion.

Taylor, a father-of-four and former representative for Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1988, was diagnosed with MND in 2018, and has since co-founded Watch Your Back MND to raise awareness and funds for the condition.

“This disease is not untreatable,” he said. “It’s underfunded. Funding for research is essential. That’s what
keeps me going too, because I know it’s not a question of if, it’s a matter of when this disease will be beaten.

“Today Motor Neurone Disease is incurable but tomorrow is another day.”

The signed gloves have now been framed in a presentation case, along with the letter of authenticity and
photos from the bout. The gloves will be sold at a silent auction that will run up to the 12th of September, with all funds raised going to Research Motor Neurone at Trinity College Dublin.

Bids can be made via email to info@watchyourbackmnd.com, or by privately messaging the Watch Your Back
MND social media pages (Facebook & Twitter: @watchMND / Instagram: @watchmnd). Bids will also be
accepted at the Watch Your Back MND launch, which takes place at Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel on Thursday, September 12th as part of an MND research gala dinner.

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