ACCRINGTON’S Jason Curtis is hoping to be crowned the European Kick Boxing Middleweight Champion tomorrow night.
The father-of-six tops the bill at the "Martial Arts Spectacular" in the University of Liverpool Sports Centre and has been preparing with some late night runs as he may not fight until around 11pm.
"I believe I will be European champion," said the 35-year-old who will take on Ireland’s Tommy McCafferty who is unbeaten in his 15 fights.
"I have done everything that I need to do and have done all the preparation so I am confident.
"I am not sure what time I will be on so I have been doing a lot of 10pm runs at Wilsons running track to make sure I am accustomed to the late nights.
"It has been really hard - six weeks of intensive training - and I can’t wait now."
Jason will enter the ring to ‘Pyscho Killer’ by the Prodigy.
"Someone picked it for me and I won the last fight with it so hopefully it is a good omen."
Jason continued: "I will have a lot of support there and people have been coming up to me, who have seen me in the newspaper, wishing me good luck.
"It is really nice - but more support also adds to the pressure so I have to try and switch myself off from everything this week as well!"
Jason, who runs the Kokoro Kick Boxing Club in Dale Street, will have a weigh in at Liverpool today where he has to make the 72.5kg category (11st 6lb).
Then it could be ten two-minute rounds if it goes the distance.
Jason, who has 18 fights with 12 wins in his short kick boxing career, admits it will be the biggest show of his life - in front of around 12,000 people.
"There will be nerves but it has all been done very professionally and I am ready for it."
* THERE is still time to buy tickets and support Jason at the "Annihilation" Martial Arts spectacular in Liverpool. Doors open at 6pm and the first fight is at 7pm.
Tickets are £20 in advance, £25 on the night. For more information, contact 0151 524 9168.