Segolene Lefebvre Targeting Fellow Champions in 2024
In the women’s junior featherweight division, reigning WBO champion Segolene “Majestic” Lefebvre (18-0, 1 KO) has established herself as one of the best at 122. With 2023 approaching its end, Lefebvre is looking towards 2024 as the year she hopes to move to the top of the mountain in the division.
Fighting in her hometown of Douai, France, Lefebvre defended the title with a close majority decision (96-94-95-95, 97-93) over British challenger Tysie Gallagher on November 24. It was the second defense of Lefebvre’s second reign as champion.
After initially winning the WBO title in November 2021, the WBO stripped Lefebvre of the title after she suffered an injury in training. But understanding her predicament, the sanctioning body gave her the chance to regain the title. She took advantage and recaptured the belt with a unanimous decision victory over Debora Anahi Dionicus in April 2023.
SETTING A HIGH STANDARD
Now, with a firm grip on the title and injury-free, the world champion from France is on a mission to collect all the belts at junior featherweight. The 30-year-old is on record saying she wants to be part of a unification fight in 2024.
Of the other champions at 122, the most likely opponent for Lefebvre could be a fight with the reigning IBF champion Ellie Scotney (8-0). In her last outing, Scotney scored a ten-round unanimous decision win over Laura Soledad Griffa on September 30.
Eddie Hearn is the promoter of the IBF champion. One would think he would have no problems putting Lefebvre and Scotney in the ring with one another. Other options for the WBO champion include WBA champion Erika Cruz Hernandez (17-2, 3 KOs) and WBC champion Yamileth Mercado (21-3, 5 KOs).
It doesn’t matter for the Frenchwoman. She’s in hot pursuit to become the queen of the junior featherweight division.