RAVEN Chapman says she will quickly recover from the "shock" of her Elite National Championship defence being wrecked by a controversial semi-final points decision.

Bournemouth boxer Chapman edged her quarter-final bout with Hatty Nylan – the fighter she overcame in the final to win the prestigious prize last year.

But she was left struggling to understand how the judges came down in favour of last-four opponent Nina Hughes, following a display even demanding trainer Hughie Delaney believed passed muster.

Chapman told the Daily Echo: "I was more confident I had won my semi-final than I had been after my fight in the quarters. I felt like I was in control and had done enough.

"I am going to have to watch it back to see if there is anything I can pick up. I was in shock at first, I couldn't believe it or understand how it had happened.

"My coaches, especially Hughie, who is one of my biggest critics and will always be up front with me, felt I had boxed really well and done enough to win."

The championships in Rotherham provided Chapman with her first experience of fighting across three, three-minute rounds, rather than the customary four lots of two minutes.

She embraced the format – but acknowledges she needs to rediscover a little of her old self to climb back atop the winners' podium.

Already this season, Chapman has been a quarter finalist at the European Championships and, in February, had her tilt at the coveted Golden Girl title ended at the last-four stage.

She said: "You feel that extra minute and the pace slows towards the end of the round.

"Next time I box I won't worry about it. I will stick to my usual work rate and increase my fitness even more if that is what it takes.

"I don't like to rely on thinking too much when I am in the ring, I want to let my body perform from muscle memory. When I overthink things it slows me down and stops me from firing off my shots.

"This season I have been trying to think and box more, rather than going in, getting close and throwing loads of punches.

"I need to strike the right balance between the two approaches."

Chapman could more easily cast aside her national championship disappointment in the knowledge she was recently selected in the Great Britain women's development squad, assembled with an eye on the long term and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

She attends her first four-day GB camp on May 17, before targeting next month's Haringey Box Cup – hosted at London's Alexandra Palace and a tournament she won two years ago.

Other former winners of the illustrious Haringey event include two-time Olympic champion Nicola Adams and phenomenal Irish London 2012 gold medallist Katie Taylor.