SHORTS worn by Prestonpans boxer Josh Taylor as he retained his title in November raised over £2,000 at auction to help a boy from the town battling a brain tumour.

The shorts, which Josh wore as he took on former world champion Miguel Vazquez, were offered for auction for the Action for Alex campaign.

Action for Alex has been set up to support the family of six-year-old Alex Logan, who is battling Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).

An online bidding war for the shorts started before the auction had even officially got under way and, when it closed on Sunday afternoon, the winning bid was announced by the boxer at a whopping £2,175.

Josh said: “I would just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who got involved and made a bid and helped raise funds towards this awesome cause for young Alex.”

Josh is a family friend of Alex and has been actively supporting the campaign, wearing an Action for Alex t-shirt at his November fight, which was broadcast live on television, and attending fundraisers for the cause. He had the hashtag Action for Alex embroidered onto the shorts, which were then framed and auctioned off on Sunday.

The winning bid came from Scott Neil, who described it as a “great cause”.