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Exclusive: Raven Chapman targets ‘world honours’, opens up on potential Skye Nicolson showdown

Raven Chapman revealed she wants to ‘push on for world honours’ in 2024.

The British featherweight improved her professional record to 8-0 last year, winning all three of her bouts by unanimous decision.

Chapman’s last outing saw her out-point Lucie Sedlackova at London’s York Hall back in December.

As things stand, Chapman’s division is dominated by Amanda Serrano who holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and Ring Magazine belts.

The Puerto Rican star also held the WBC title but decided to relinquish it after the organisation refused to sanction 12 three-minute bouts for female championship fights.

Australia’s Skye Nicolson, who boasts a perfect 9-0 record, holds the interim WBC belt and has called out Serrano for a title showdown.

Chapman is also determined to enter the championship conversation in 2024, telling Planet Sport: “We’d like to push on for world honours [in 2024]. We’ve defeated former world champions and had tough opponents.

“That’s the next step, there has been talk of getting that push for world honours next year. That’s what we will be chasing.”

Chapman has a good relationship with Serrano, though she hasn’t dismissed going after the current featherweight queen.

The 30-year-old Brit added: “She’s the one to aim for. Then you’ve got the other girls who hold belts, Nina Meinke, Sarah Mahfoud, Skye Nicolson. They’re all very good fights to be made as well. There’s lots of potential there.

“With Amanda, it also depends on what happens with the 12 three-minute rounds as well. I know the WBC aren’t going with 12 x3, they’re sticking with 10x2.

“I don’t know if Amanda would want to go back to doing 10x2. Then obviously the whole PFL contract, when will she fight there. There’s a lot up in the air in terms of the belts at the moment.

“I’m pretty sure Amanda will still want to defend them if she can. There’s plenty of potential. It’s exciting and that’s what we will be pushing for after this fight. Put on a good display, show what I’m about, excite the crowd, excite the audience. Push from there really.”

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