Women's Sport: Caroline Dubois' journey to Tokyo starts with a win

Caroline Dubois’ Olympic qualifying journey got off to a successful start with her win in the first round of Olympic qualifying at the Copper Box Arena in London.

The 19-year-old Youth Olympic champion was fighting at a senior level for the first time and defeated Belarussian Ala Staradub. Dubois recorded a 5-0 points victory against Staradub.

To qualify for Tokyo 2020 Dubois needs to secure a top-four finish. Her next fight will be against Mira Potkonen, Finland’s lightweight bronze medallist at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

As of today, the remaining qualifiers will be played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

GB Boxing report that Dubois said: “This is the first fight which is always the worst one. It was okay, not my best, and if you ask any of the coaches, they’ll tell you that. I can be much better.

Dubois added that she isn’t phased by her next fight against Potkonen which will take place on Tuesday 17 March: “To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best. She is obviously a top seed but at the end of the day she only has two hands, two legs and one brain and that’s the same as I have.

“I know exactly what to expect and she knows exactly what to expect of me. It’s going to be a good fight for sure.

“There is no pressure being from London. I don’t even think about that. If anyone has pressure, it’s Mira Potkonen. How is she going to feel getting into the ring with a 19-year-old, in her mind, she will be thinking that she can’t lose to someone my age.”

In the junior ranks, Dubois had an unbeaten record and was the 2019 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.

Dubois, from London, was unbeaten in the junior ranks and was named as the BBC’s Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2019.

The next boxer to compete for an Olympic spot is Charley-Sian Davison who will take on Ireland’s Carly McNaul in the -51kg flyweight category today.

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