John Nixon may have trained as a commando way back in the 1940s and saw action in the Korean war, but the 88 year old still has what it takes to stand his ground in the face of overwhelming odds. The five men the SAS veteran took on as they tried to attack a woman in Kentish Town, North London would surely agree. As Mr Nixon explains, when the gang of robbers who were armed with knives turned their attention to him, his ‘training kicked in’. The pensioner was able to disable two of the men with a karate chop to the neck before he was stabbed in the head and the hands by a third attacker. Thankfully at that point it seems the gang realised that they had picked on the wrong guy and scampered off. An ambulance was called and Mr Nixon was taken to the Royal Free Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. Speaking to the Evening Standard, the ex-serviceman recalled the incident: ‘My initial thoughts were to divert their attention away from the girl who was screaming. I shouted “leave her alone”. But they turned on me, saying “We’ll take your money instead” and I said “No you don’t”…I’ve been shot in the leg and even bitten by a snake, the venom lay dormant in my spine for years. I’ve been near death so many times that situation just doesn’t worry me. The woman ran off screaming but I hope she is okay.’ Mr Nixon, the Daily Cheer salutes you sir.