Chapman ready to make impact on bigger stage
HULL'S Louis Chapman knows victory over unbeaten Saul Rogers in his next fight will make him a big name in the cage-fighting world.
Chapman and Rogers meet at Doncaster Dome in a non-title fight on Saturday, but there is plenty riding on it from Chapman's point of view.
A win and Chapman not only improves his record to five wins from six fights, but he will also be considered for forthcoming title fights.
"This is a really big fight for me," Chapman told the Mail.
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"It's a great window of opportunity and I intend to take it.
"The fight is getting a lot of attention around the country because Saul has five wins from five.
"The winner will have the chance to perform on a much bigger stage.
"If I win it will make my name in the domestic game and should set me up for a good future in the sport."
With a worldwide audience looking on, including viewers on the Premier Sports channel, Chapman is determined to make the most of his big break.
With the Latin for 'powerful beyond measure' tattooed across the top of his chest, Chapman hopes to put those words into action.
At 25, he still has plenty of time to develop his technique and this fight will help him showcase his talent.
"I'm nowhere near my potential," said Chapman.
"I have huge confidence in my ability and my preparations have been the best yet.
"All I have to do now is make sure I perform on the night. My team and I have done all we can to beat Saul.
"We know he likes to make his opponent fold, but I'm not going to fall into his trap.
"He has a good ground game, but so do I.
"We have spotted a few weaknesses in his game that we intend to exploit.
"He is naturally strong and has a good ability to wrestle, but I'm steps ahead of him in areas where we consider he is weak."
Chapman has left no stone unturned to make sure he is at his best for the fight.
He has spent a month in America at different times of the year to train with some of the country's finest fighters.
The trip was very beneficial to Chapman, who realised he has been doing the right training techniques all along.
"I spent time training with America's Top Team in Florida," said Chapman.
"The trips made me realise I was doing the right things in terms of my training.
"That has boosted my confidence to carry on doing things my way.
"Now I just want the opportunity to prove I have the skills to move up to the next level."