Unbeaten
light-welterweight prospect Shayne “The Pain” Singleton
goes into his next fight a hero after saving a man’s life in a car
crash.

The Colne fighter, 22,
and two of his friends were travelling home on the M65 last week
after training in Bolton when they saw a car flip over into an
embankment on the other side of the motorway and noticed an explosion
of smoke.

They sprinted across six
lanes of the motorway to rescue the driver and pulled him from his
car fearing that it could explode at any minute.

Singleton, who is managed
by Steve Wood, will have his twelfth fight on a BoxAcademy show
promoted by Queensberry Promotions in association with Wood’s VIP
Promotions on Friday 18th May at the Oldham Leisure Centre, live on
BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546).

Lancashire’s chief fire
officer Peter Holland commended their brave actions and said it had
‘potentially saved the driver’s life’.

Singleton told the
Lancashire Evening Telegraph: “We saw the Corsa roll over, debris
and dust was everywhere and it came to rest upside down on the
embankment.

I
knew we had to do something because it looked very serious.”

We
got there as fast as we could and I was the first to reach the car,”

The
car was badly damaged, completely overturned and all we could think
of was that it might explode at any second.

While
Lloyd phoned for an ambulance I knelt down and saw a man inside, he
was suspended upside down by his seatbelt and seemed dazed.

I
asked him if he was injured and whether there was anyone else in the
car, he told me he was alone.

We
all thought that the best thing would be to get him out of the car so
while supporting his weight I unclipped the belt.

The
window was smashed and the roof had compressed but we managed to drag
him through. How we got him through such a small gap I’ll never
know.”

Paramedics, police and
the fire service then arrived and took control of the scene.

My
boxing training helped by keeping me calm and to deal with the
situation,” added Singleton.

I
didn’t think about my own safety, I just felt that I had to help in
some way and I’m glad that the driver is going to be okay,”

I’m
just concentrating on my fight in Oldham now and looking forward to
getting in the ring where it’s safer!”

Singleton features
on the undercard of Ronnie Heffron’s British welterweight title
eliminator against Liam Smith.