And he is upbeat about beating the reigning title
holders in their own back-yard.
Missouri America 2003 with the crowning by reigning title
Ethan Conlin is the reigning title
holder and odds-on-favourite to strike gold again in the Under-12s' event.
The 39-year-old Yorkshireman became the 15th individual winner of the game's most prestigious prize when he dethroned reigning title
holder Ted Hankey with a 6-2 victory at the Lakeside.
And Wales claimed a new world champion in the shape of Bronwen Tango, a freelance shepherdess from Abergavenny, who squeezed past reigning title
holder, the Kiwi Sheree Alabaster, in the woolhandling final.
Newcastle University Boat Club president, Henry Pelly, threw down the challenge to reigning title
holders Durham by offering the ceremonial oar blade to Durham's Boat Club president Martin Hill, cheered on by rowers from both clubs.
holder Ben Crowther squeezed through the first round against Ogden's Steven Sweeney only to bite the dust when he came up against Brad Tupman, one to watch for after he accounted for Meltham's Graham McLean, last year's beaten finalist.
The Boston based team will shuck against various Connecticut seafood restaurants to keep their reigning title
Carlos Sainz held off a determined charge by reigning title
holder Richard Burns - also in a Peugeot - to claim the final podium position.
In the bottom half of the draw, all the four seeds have won through to the last eight with 1998 and 1999 champion Raymond Barneveld taking on reigning title
holder Ted Hankey in the tie of the round.
Miss HIN 2007 will truly be the "queen of the scene," as each city will crown their own queen who will then compete for the reigning title
of Miss HIN 2007 against other local winners at the show finale in Miami.
30PM NEWLY-PROMOTED RGC face the toughest start possible to life in the Championship when they entertain reigning title
holders Ebbw Vale at Parc Eirias this afternoon (2.
Warren said: "There is a chance Alex could go into the ring against Steve as the world champion, because the reigning title
holder Joan Guzman has to decide over the next two weeks whether to relinquish his belt or hold on and fight the winner from Meadowbank.