DAVE Newbrook may be limping after his latest kickboxing win, but only because he was kicking the European champion so hard.
The Chester champ took on Thai rules fighter Matty Parkes at his own game, beating him with a third-round stoppage with his elbows.
Dave, who is a former world champion in kickboxing, is going for a second world title under Thai rules. The new discipline involves grappling as well as using knees and elbows, so he is pleased with the way he won.
'It was my power against his technique,' said Dave. 'His big thing is his knees and elbows and mine is kicks and punches, so it was good to stop him with elbows.
'I think I've got quite a unique style with throwing the elbows.'
The fight started slowly as both fighters checked each other out, with Dave wanting to pace himself due to his opponent's credentials.
But the second round opened up and Dave worked his opponent's legs.
This victory in Wolverhampton is the latest landmark on the road to a Thai rules world title fight next spring or August, after his first-round win against Brett Eally in the world title eliminator in Chester.
'When I took that fight, I had my eye on this one because it is the best line-up of fighters in the country,' Dave said. 'I still feel a little bit off the fitness I had when I was world champion, but I'm really enjoying it at the moment.'
About 60 supporters travelled to Wolverhampton and also cheered on John Henry McNamara, who accepted a fight against Wolverhampton's Kerrith Bhella at four days' notice. After breaking his opponent's nose, he was unlucky to lose a split decision.
Dave travels to Thailand for Christmas before his Eurosport fight on February 25 in Liverpool which should be against champion Richard Cadden, although it is not yet clear whether it will be for his belt.