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Petty Officer rewarded for commitment to boxing

A Petty Officer has been awarded a prize for his dedication to boxing.

Royal Navy Air Engineering Petty Officer Luke Thomas, from 824 Naval Air Squadron was given the Captain's efficiency prize in a surprise ceremony.

It was in recognition of Luke’s commitment to running HMS Seahawk’s boxing club, and taking on the Fleet Air Arm Command boxing coaching duties.

He received a much-coveted Captain's Coin from Culdrose Commanding Officer, Captain Ade Orchard OBE.

PO Thomas and POACMN Ed Butcher Credit: RNAS Culdrose

Luke runs regular training sessions on the Base which includes fitness boxing technical training and ring work with sparring.

I was completely dumbstruck when the CO descended on the class I was teaching for the Phase2 trainees. Seeing the Base Warrant Officer – Warrant Officer Bridgette Turner, staff from the gym as well as 824, my squadron made me feel pretty humbled that people think what I’m doing is out of the ordinary.

I just love encouraging people to better their physical wellbeing and have a great time doing it. Boxing is one of the hardest sports there is, the people that come into the Seahawk boxing gym all have something to be proud of.

– POAET Luke Thomas
Capt Ade Orchard and PO Luke Thomas Credit: RNAS Culdrose

Luke also received a framed citation which will have pride of place on his wall at home.

PO Luke Thomas Credit: RNAS Culdrose

Blackwell reveals he 'flatlined' before doctors saved his life

Blackwell during the fight Credit: PA

Trowbridge boxer Nick Blackwell has revealed that his heart stopped before he was put into an induced coma which ultimately saved his life.

Blackwell flatlined in an ambulance after the British Middleweight bout in March which left him fighting for his life.

The fight was stopped in the 10th round, and the boxer taken to an ambulance where he collapsed and "died".

Blackwell, who can remember nothing of the fight or his subsequent injury, was saved when a doctor injected adrenaline into his heart, and placed him into a coma.

The boxer says he was only told of the horrors after waking up.

I passed out, into the ambulance, and I flatlined, so I died for a little while.

– Nick Blackwell
Boxer Nick Blackwell has announced his retirement from boxing in April Credit: Nick Potts/PA

The 25 year-old was also critical of his opponent, Chris Eubank Junior, for holding a press conference in the immediate aftermath - despite pleas from Blackwell's family not to.

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