- Caroline Dubois Dominated Yanina Lescano In Their 8-Round Lightweight Contest
- ‘Sweet Caroline’ Dropped The World-Ranked Argentinian In Round 5
- Highly-Rated 22-year-old Olympian Proves She’s Ready For World Title Shot
Caroline Dubois convincingly decisioned world-ranked Yanina del Carmen Lescano on Friday night at York Hall, winning every round including a fifth-round knockdown.
The 2020 Olympian moved to 7-0 in the professional ranks going the distance for the first time since her debut with referee Sean McAvoy scoring the contest 80-71.
Lescano was Dubois’s first opponent of any note and ‘Sweet Caroline’ dealt with her in impressive fashion, dominating the contest from start to finish – a very different performance from the SD win Estelle Mossely had over Lescano just fifteen months ago.
The 22-year-old has struggled to find any fighters that could live with the power and she has had to jump up to world level to gain any valuable rounds.
Dubois loaded up on big power shots throughout the fight and that is the only real criticism of her performance. She seemed to fall off balance sometimes after swinging wildly with the right hook.
The body was the key target for Dubois and hearing her shots ringside, it comes as a surprise that Lescano stood up to the power for eight rounds. Dubois is right up there with the heaviest punchers in women’s boxing.
Caroline Dubois said to Sky Sports after the fight: “The stoppage didn’t come, but I said I was looking for a beat down and a solid victory, and I think that’s what I got. I felt good after eight rounds but that’s for Shane (McGuigan) to say.”
Ben Shalom, BOXXER CEO and founder, said to Sky Sports after the fight: “She’s definitely ready for a world title, but Mikaela Mayer looks like a fight we can make this year, and then on to the Katie Taylor’s of the world.”
What’s Next For Caroline Dubois?
The name Ben Shalom and Caroline Dubois have been calling for is formed unified super featherweight champion, Mikaela Mayer.
Mayer moved up to 135 after her loss to Alycia Baumgardner last year. The American is the WBC interim champion and hopes to challenge for the world Lightweight title and/or secure a fight with Katie Taylor in the near future.
Shalom would need to put in a substantial offer to incentivise Mayer to fight a young, dangerous contender but a clash between the pair would be a fan-friendly affair.
Delfine Persoon suffered two losses to Katie Taylor in 2019/2020 for the Undisputed Lightweight titles with the majority of fans agreeing that she won at least the first fight. If a fight with Taylor cannot be secured, fighting Persoon could be a good move as most feel they were on a similar level several years ago with both arguably declining.
Persoon has continued to face world-level fighters at her more natural weight class of 130. Bringing her up to 135 could also be a piece of smart matchmaking as Dubois is big for 135 relatively and may be able to force a stoppage on Persoon which would be a real statement.
Rhiannon Dixon will face Katharina Thanderz on September 2 in the UK on a Matchroom show for the European Lightweight title. Dixon is signed to Eddie Hearn but a fight between the two undefeated prospects could be a ‘main event worthy’ contest at the end of this year if Dixon can secure the EBU title.
The Warrington Southpaw earnt her first career stoppage against the undefeated Vicky Wilkinson to claim the Commonwealth lightweight title. She is not as highly rated as Caroline Dubois but this could be an interesting collision of undefeated British prospects in a fight that would be worthy of the domestic triple crown with the British title recently being added to Women’s boxing.