Boxer DeAndre Ware is already a winner ahead of his fight on Saturday after he saved a man’s life as he was receiving his medical checks.
Ware is due to fight Steve Nelson in a super-middleweight clash on Top Rank’s televised show in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
But he was pressed in action much sooner he thought when Pete Susens, one of Top Rank’s show co-ordinators collapsed at the MGM Grand.
Ware was quick to react with skills learned in his job as a firefighter, performing CPR on Mr Susens and reviving him.
“I’m here for my fight but I had to put EMS skills to work and do some CPR,” tweeted Ware (13-2-2, 8KOs).
“Happy to say the guy was talking a bit and was alert headed to the hospital. I’m thankful! I feel I saved a life.”
Chris Mannix, a writer for Sports Illustrated, witnessed the incident and took to Twitter to share news of Ware’s heroics.
“Crazy scene in Las Vegas,” he tweeted. “Just before the weigh-in for Saturday’s show, Pete Susens, a coordinator with Top Rank, collapsed.
“DeAndre Ware, a Toledo firefighter who is fighting on the undercard, performed life saving chest compressions. Susens, I’m told, is OK.”
Ware, a qualified emergency medical technician (EMT), said he could tell straight away that he had to act.
“His skin was pale, his pupils were dilated,” he said in an interview with Sports Illustrated. “I asked them if they want me to start compressions. As I did them, he started to breathe. The doctor told me they could feel his pulse with my compressions.”
After a few minutes EMTs arrived and took over, and Ware said Mr Susens was “starting to come around a little” when he left the casualty in their care.
Ware was asked if he felt his heroics would earn him some good karma ahead of his fight on Saturday, and said: “I’m not counting on that. I put in the work. I’m going to do what it takes to win.”
Fans took to Twitter to praise Ware for his actions, with one saying: “God put you there for a reason Bro. You are a hero.”
Another wished Ware luck ahead of his fight, saying: “This guy KO’d my best friend in Pittsburgh a few years back.
“I was bitter, and then my friend told me about his character. Then I looked him up, and I’ve been a huge fan ever since. He deserves way more attention, and is what all champs should be like. Good luck big dog.”