06/23/15 5:59am
06/23/2015 5:59 AM

Jeffrey Nockelin training in Greenport. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

The fighting spirit of 47-year-old Greenport dad and cancer survivor Jeffrey Nockelin never gave in Friday night.

Unfortunately, his body did.

After three months of training and preparation, the father of two children finally got his chance to fight in an amateur tournament at the famous Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn. But just 30 seconds into his first fight, Mr. Nockelin injured his knee by tearing¬†his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and was forced out of the tournament.