Two Chorley shop workers are set to pack a real punch, not to mention a kick or two.

Former soldier Luke Catterall, shift manager at bargain store B&M in Market Walk, decided to take up Muay Thai boxing to get back into shape.

Now Luke and shop colleague Nathaniel Higson, will be fighting competitively for the first time on the same bill at an inter-club contest in February.

Fortunately the two friends will not fight each other since they both train at the same gym.

Luke, 22, of Market Street, Chorley, said: “My mate told me about it and I was so unfit I thought I’d give it a go.

“I went to Mel’s Gym near Albany High School, that was about eight months ago.

“When I started my physical condition was horrific, I couldn’t run half a mile, my fitness levels had certainly slipped.

“Because I work in the evening I went training in the mornings.

“It’s a pretty rapid sport, you have to think quickly and watch out for fists, shins and elbows. You get plenty of bruises.”

They are taught by Glen Scott who is a fully trained Muay Thai kick boxer who has fought in Thailand.

Luke joined the Scots Guards as an infantryman straight from school and served four years.

After he left the army he took a year out before joining B&M in September and manages the evening shift, ensuring that all the shelves are stocked.

Nathaniel of Blackrod, works on the same evening shift as Luke.