KICKBOXING: A PRE-FIGHT bout of food poisoning failed to KO Dave Newbrook as he thrilled his home crowd with a convincing victory on Sunday.
Newbrook's clash with English middleweight champion Denton Joseph was the highlight of the Lords of the Rings showcase at Chester Racecourse.
About 1,300 fight fans descended on the city to see Newbrook - and a host of other kickboxers from Chester and North Wales - in action.
The 28-year-old from Chester did not disappoint his fans as he overpowered Joseph, from Derby, who was a stone-and-a-half heavier than his welterweight opponent.
The fight was scheduled for five rounds but it was stopped in the third.
'Everything went to plan,' said New-brook. I was in control from start to finish.'
Newbrook, who lives in the city centre, was struck down by illness less than a week before the fight and his training routine was disrupted.
'I had food poisoning last Tuesday so was feeling a bit weak all week,' said Newbrook. I train on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and then do a little bit of shadow boxing the next two days.
'But I couldn't train on Tuesday or Wednesday so I had to train hard on the Thursday and Friday to get back into it a little bit.
'It affected me, but I still did the job quite easily. Come the night I just took him apart.'
A winner of the CISKA super featherweight world title when he was just 22, Newbrook spent five years away from the sport before making a surprise return to the ring in 2004.
The Chester fighter, who runs the Dave Newbrook Thai Boxing Academy at West Cheshire College and the Epic in Ellesmere Port, climbed back into the ring at short notice when one of his kickboxers pulled out of a fight.
Sunday's contest was his fifth since his comeback and his sixth fight is likely to take place in April.
Before then, he plans to stage an amateur show for some of the area's up-and-coming fighters.
Other Chester-based fighters from the Dave Newbrook Thai Boxing Academy to appear on Sunday included Danny 'Boy' Parker who defeated Wrexham's Danny Davies in the third round with a head kick.
John Henry McNamara lost to a more experienced opponent - Birkenhead's Danny Squires - on points, but Chester's Paul Mercer was a winner over Josh Williams.
Rhyl's Spencer Wilding destroyed the experienced John Askey of Matlock in the first round on Sunday.
Anyone interested in joining Dave Newbrook's kickboxing academy can contact him on 07929 330954.