MMA combatants fight for a cure for diabetes at Black Tie & Boxing

Tables surround the MMA boxing ring at the 2019 Black Tie and Boxing charity event.  This year's event will be Saturday.
Fighters at the 2019 Black Tie and Boxing charity event.

A new tradition in Jackson returns this weekend after a year hiatus as Black Tie and Boxing is set to happen on Saturday at the Carl Perkins Civic Center.

Black Tie and Boxing is an annual fundraiser set up with all funds going to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), which is funding research looking for a cure for the disease, that’s typically diagnosed during a child’s early toddler years and warrants a constant vigilance about the child’s blood sugar levels.

“One day in 2016, a few of us sat down at lunch to talk about something we could do to raise money for JDRF, and we wanted to do something different,” said Rachel Ryan, coordinator for Black Tie and Boxing.

Ryan credited Ronnie and Susan Morris for wanting to do something for diabetes research after one of their son’s friends spent the night at their house, and the parents informed them of what their son regarding blood sugar checks during the night.

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