UNDEFEATED boxing champion Josh Taylor has found himself laid flat out on the canvas. . . but it is for a good cause.

Taylor, who moved to Haddington last year, features in a large framed picture, which he has signed, as part of the ‘Knives Down Gloves Up’ campaign.

It is the brainchild of photographer Jennifer Charlton, who captured Prestonpans-raised Taylor’s body-breaking shot to Ryan Martin in the Tartan Tornado’s seventh-round victory over the American in the World Boxing Super Series.

The win in Glasgow in November 2018 set Taylor up for his first chance to win a world title against Ivan Baranchyk.

Victory over the Belarussian was followed by a triumph over Regis Prograis in London, with Taylor in possession of the IBF and WBA Super Lightweight titles.

Now, Jen is raffling the picture to raise money for the Knives Down Gloves Up campaign, which promotes getting people off the streets and into gyms.

“I know gyms have had to close because of the coronavirus,” said the photographer, who is based in Duns.

“But I think the Knives Down Gloves Up message remains as important as ever.

“Knife crime is shocking and boxing can provide the way to get people off the streets and give them the right 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 both Josh’s and my favourite images and we are delighted to be putting it to good use.”

Taylor turned professional in July 2015, after representing Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics in London and clinching gold in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Since then, he has been in devastating form, winning 12 of his 16 bouts inside the distance.

The 29-year-old was due to return to the ring and make the first defence of his world titles last month, against fellow undefeated boxer Apinun Khongsong, from Thailand.

Unfortunately, the bout, Taylor’s first working alongside Tyson Fury’s ex-trainer, Ben Davison, was postponed due to the coronavirus.

No new date has been set for the rescheduled fight, with Taylor also keen to face the winner of American Jose Carlos Ramirez, who holds the WBC and WBO Super Lightweight titles, and Viktor Postol, of Ukraine, who took Taylor the distance in Glasgow two years ago.

Raffle tickets for the image are £5 each, with the top prize being a 30ins x 20ins canvas print of the photograph.

Second prize is an A3 signed print and 3rd prize an A4 signed print, with all ticket sales going to Knives Down Gloves Up.

Details are on the Jennifer Charlton Photography Facebook page and Instagram, or email jc.photography@outlook.com to enter.