Kilsyth’s Julie prepares for charity boxing debut

Julie with coaches Gerry Donaghy and Francie Connor at Golden Gloves
Julie with coaches Gerry Donaghy and Francie Connor at Golden Gloves

A brave woman from Kilsyth has shown she is ready to go the distance for charity – by competing in her first ever boxing match.

Julie Kavanagh’s 18-month old cousin Grace has cystic fibrosis. In order to support research into the condition she has signed up to participate in an Ultra White Collar fight night at Renfrew’s Normandy Hotel on April 2.

“This is the first time I’ve ever done boxing,” she said. “The thing is I hate running and wanted to do something a bit different, so I thought I’d give it a go.”

Julie, 27, approached the Golden Gloves boxing gym in Kilsyth for help and coach Francie Connor and his team were only too happy to show her the ropes.

“Golden Gloves have helped me a lot,” said Julie, who works at the British Gas call centre in Glasgow.

Julie does not yet know who she will be fighting, as the matchups are announced just two weeks in advance.

Ultra White Collar Boxing supports Cancer Research UK so Julie will be sharing the money she raises between that charity and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic condition which affects almost 11,000 people in the UK. CF is a congenital, lifelong condition where the gene is carried by one in 25 people, most of whom are unaware they carry it.

The condition develops when both parents have the defective gene and causes a wide range of symptoms.

The CF Trust unites scientists around the world as they work to find a cure.

You can donate to support Julie’s efforts through her Justgiving page.

Visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Julie-Kavanagh3 for details.