DAVE Newbrook's world title fight is heading for a sell-out!
The Chester kickboxer takes on Bangkok's Rungnackorn for the ISKA world light welterweight title at Northgate Arena on Sunday.
Newbrook, 30, is glad to be fighting on home soil and thankful to the Chester public for their support.
He said: 'We are already almost sold out. The arena holds 1,000 for our fights and the atmosphere is going to be electric.
'That is why I love it there. I know it is my home turf but it is also my favourite venue simply because of the atmosphere.
'The acoustics make it really spine-tingling and the tiered seats offer a great view of the action.'
Newbrook, who coaches full-time at academies in Chester, Ellesmere Port and Saltney, will be fighting under Oriental rules, which allow knee and elbow strikes.
And he says his preparations for the fight of his life have not been affected by a late change of opponent.
Former WMC world champion Rungnackorn - known as 'Rung' for short - was Newbrook's first choice when he was organising the contest earlier this year, but negotiations between the two parties stalled and Thailand's Thong-chailek was booked instead.
When Thongchailek had to pull out after injuring himself in training, the Newbrook camp got back in touch with Rung's management and finally struck a deal to bring the fighter to Chester.
Newbrook explained: 'Rung was getting more money for a fight in Thailand but when both our fights fell through, it was fate bringing us together and we managed to get him to come over.
'But my training has been suitable for both fighters. Now I am winding it all down in order to have plenty of energy for the fight.
'I am feeling good physically and have had no real setbacks.
'The fight will be really tough, harder than the Thong bout, but I feel ready for the challenge.'
The Newbrook bout tops a packed card for Sunday's show, which is being billed as 'The Art of War'.
Several young fighters who train at Newbrook's kickboxing academies are due to appear, including 16-year-old
John Henry McNamara, Blacon's Danny Parker, 17, and Guilden Sutton resident Craig Hood, 22.
Tickets are available, starting at £14 for children, from the Northgate Arena box office on 01244 380444.
The big day of action starts at 2.30pm. Funds will be raised on the day for the Chronicle-backed charity Miles of Smiles.