Caroline Dubois is back in action this Friday night at York Hall as chief support to Frazer Clarke following the injury to Adam Azim.
Dubois has had the boxing world talking about her ever since she made her debut, with many experts tipping her for great things.
Ahead of her upcoming fight, we have made Caroline our focus on this week’s Spotlight.
Caroline Dubois was born on January 11, 2001 and is one of 11 children. She is the younger sister of current WBA Regular Heavyweight World champion Daniel Dubois. Raised in London, Dubois has achieved remarkable success at a young age, holding titles such as the Youth Olympic champion, World Youth champion, and four-times European Youth champion.
Dubois’s journey in boxing began at the tender age of nine. Whilst there were all-girl amateur boxing clubs available in her city, her father wanted her to train at a top-flight club where her older brother had honed his skills. In order to gain access to the club of her father’s choice, Dubois had to disguise herself as a boy named Colin during her first few months at the Repton Amateur Boxing Club.
In 2017, at the European Junior Championships, Dubois showcased her talent by defeating Nune Asatrian with a unanimous points decision in the final, securing the championship title. The following year, she continued her winning streak by emerging victorious at the English National Youth Championships (60 kg) with a unanimous points decision against Ellis Hopkins.
Dubois reached new heights in her career when she became England’s first World Youth Champion in August 2018. She achieved this feat by winning a unanimous points decision against Asatrian in the final, following a previous victory in the semi-final against Rebeca Santos. The same year, at the Girls’ lightweight competition during the Summer Youth Olympics, Dubois claimed the gold medal by defeating Porntip Buapa in a thrilling final.
The year 2019 proved to be another successful one for Dubois. At the European Youth Championships, she secured a unanimous points win over Amina Abramova in the semi-final, and then went on to win the title with a split decision against Asatrian in the final. Continuing her winning streak, Dubois triumphed in the final of the England Boxing National Youth Championships, defeating Wenessa Orczwk by unanimous decision.
Recognizing her outstanding achievements, Dubois received the SportsAid One-to-Watch award in 2018, chosen from a pool of approximately 1,000 candidates across 60 sports nominated by their respective governing bodies. She had previously been shortlisted for the same award in 2017. In addition to this accolade, Dubois was named the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2019, solidifying her status as a rising star in the world of boxing.
Dubois’s talent and hard work culminated in her qualification for the 2020 Summer Olympics. She performed amazingly throughout the games but ultimately fell slightly short, securing the silver medal after a closely contested split decision loss to Kellie Harrington in the final.
At the time of her transition to professional boxing, Dubois boasted an impressive amateur record of 37 wins and only 3 losses. Ben Shalom’s Boxxer recognised her talents and signed her to fight for their platform on Sky Sports.
Of her 6 professional fights so far, Caroline has won all them. 5 of these wins have come by way of knockout! This Friday in York Hall she takes to the ring for her 2nd outing so far this year when she takes on Argentina’s Yanina Del Carmen Lescano (13-2, 4 KOs). The show is bought to you by Boxxer, live on Sky Sports.
Caroline is trained by acclaimed trainer Shane McGuigan in what is proving to be a very successful gym. Just recently Dubois’s campmates Chris Billam-Smith and Ellie Scotney have both won world titles, something Caroline will be trying to emulate in the not so distant future.
By Lee Browne