DAVE Newbrook's quest for European title glory will be boosted by plenty of vocal support from his mini fan-club in Spain tomorrow.
The 28-year-old will fight unbeaten Spaniard Pedro Felipe for the WAKO pro light-welterweight title amid an intimidating army of home fans in Bilbao's historic main square.
But the former CISKA world title holder from Chester is confident of victory - and he believes a contingent of faithful supporters from 'back home' will be key in cheering him to a memorable triumph.
Dave, who lives in the city centre, said: 'I've got about 50 people travelling over to support me and that will mean a lot.
'Felipe will have a vast support and in tough contests the crowd can play a significant role, so I'm hoping my friends and family can make themselves heard and give me a boost.'
The bout, which will be screened live on Spanish television and Eurosport, will pit Newbrook up against his most challenging opponent since his recent return to the ring following a five-year absence.
But the martial arts expert, who also teaches kickboxing at HeavyHitters gym in Hoole, insists he is in the best shape possible and is confident his previous bouts against heavier opponents will give him the advantage.
'I know Felipe's fighting style well and I've experienced the mentality of the gym he fights at,' he said.
'From what I've seen on the videos he looks like a strong opponent but all my fights before this were at middleweight so it will actually be a big boost to fight someone my own size again.'
Newbrook's impressive return to action has seen him remain undefeated and he has caught the eye of a number of promoters, opening the door to the possibility of a world title fight later this year.
'After this fight I'm looking at doing something at Chester Racecourse in September,' said Newbrook, who works for Deeside-based express services company TNT. 'If all goes well I'll be looking to put on a world title challenge at the Northgate Arena around November time.'