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.
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