Award for boxer who saved vicar after horror crash

Manny Muhammad in action at York Hall, London, in March
Manny Muhammad in action at York Hall, London, in March

A professional boxer who was one of two men to drag an injured vicar from underneath a car is set to be awarded for his heroic efforts.

Manny Muhammed, 32, of Luton, was walking to Bannatynes gym on May 14 when he heard a crash and discovered that Mike Jones, reverend of St Mary’s Church, had been trapped under a car in the collision on Castle Street.

Along with taxi driver Zulfiqar “Zulu” Afsar, Mr Muhammed pried the vicar from under the vehicle in act that saved Mr Jones from serious injury.

Following his exploits Mr Muhammed will be given an award at the Malta Boxing Commission’s annual awards ceremony on Friday, an honour which has been bestowed as the Luton boxer has fought in several shows sanctioned by the MBC.

The comission’s permanent general secretary Marc James said: “For his meritorious service to the public, it is with great pleasure that I can say that the Malta Boxing Commission will honour Manny Muhammed with the Order of Merit Award, at the National Boxing Awards 2014, that take place this Friday at the Dolmen Hotel, Bugibba, Malta, for his exemplary selfless act of courage.

“I have directed that notification of the award of this Order of Merit is also made on Mr Muhammed’s record.”

Mr Muhammed told Herald & Post that the award is a surprise.

He said: “I wasn’t expecting it at all, I’m really hoping I’ll be able to go out there but if not then someone will pick it up for me on my behalf.

“I have got alot of praise for what happened but I did what any other would do in that situation– I had to help.”

As fate turned out Mr Muhammed was helped out by body builder Zulu Afsar, the two in perfect shape to lift the car quickly.

Mr Muhammed said: “The vicar was not in a good state but God was definitely on his side.

“His face was smashed up, his lip was bloody.

“I can’t imagine being stuck under a car, I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy.

“I’m a believer in God and fate, God wanted it us to be in the right place.”