Meet the next British boxing sensation: Caroline Dubois

At the age of just 21, London-born Caroline Dubois has racked up an impressive array of boxing accolades including youth, world and Olympic championships.

“Sweet Caroline” made her professional debut earlier this year and has since won 3 wins, two of them by knockout. The young prospect will fight on the Shields vs Marshall undercard on October 15 against an experienced opponent in Milena Koleva.

She spoke to Matthew Chadder about his journey ahead of this weekend’s big fight.

MC: How do you see the fight going on Saturday?

CD: I think it’s going to be a really interesting fight because she’s got a lot of experience, she’s got a losing record but if you look at who she’s fought, everybody knows she gave Katie Taylor two ridiculously tough fights. I’m still getting used to fighting in the spotlight, so she’ll have that advantage over me.

It’s going to be a good learning experience, I’m more excited about how I handle it rather than the fight itself.

I know I have the ability to beat her, that’s just how I do it. I’m going to aim to beat her and that’s what I want to do.

How did you manage the postponement of the fight?

At the time, it was very frustrating, but I feel like everything happens for a reason.

I spent more time training with different people, I found people who fit the style of my opponents and I performed very well against them.

I feel more focused and zoned in, I enjoy the fight more and now I really want to fight. I just want to get there and do it.

How did you know you were destined to be in the sport of boxing?

Boxing has always been in the house, my brother was fighting before me, so he was always training. I kept pushing my dad and he finally brought me into the ring.

I remember walking into the gym and just thinking, ‘wow!’ I had this feeling in my heart.

They say everyone has a passion and a purpose in life and when I walked into the gym I found mine.

This event will go down in history as the first all-female British boxing card. How exciting is it to be part of it?

It’s very exciting to fight on a map like this. The best thing about it is that everyone fighting on this map has the ability to be a champion, that’s the level. Everyone on this map is eager and ready to go and I’m just happy to be among them.

BORN WINNER: Caroline Dubois smiles during the press conference ahead of her lightweight bout with Milena Koleva Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images

I remember watching Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall at the 2012 Olympics when I was just a kid and it helped my desire to go boxing, so now being able to fight on the same card is crazy.

Mikaela Mayer called it the greatest era in women’s boxing of all time, how was it to be a young prospect in that era?

I’m so happy because when I look at all these girls. The Mayers, Taylors, Serranos, they’re all in their 30s and I’m 21.

On the one hand, it makes me want to rush out and catch them so I can fight these girls, but I’m so thankful because I know I have so much time to give to the sport.

Starting with something young you learn it faster, when you’re older you’re more mature and set in your ways, while when you’re young you’re more open to learning new things, learning new habits and leap into the unknown.

I have so much more time to learn, I have energy, and when the time comes for me to step up, I’m definitely ready.

What is your relationship with your brother, Daniel?

It’s really good because we train in the same gym now. I really enjoy watching him train and when I get into my fights or I’m nervous and feeling bad, I can talk to him and ask him how he felt about certain things. When I watch him train, I know how high I have to push myself.

How did you experience the spotlight and the media at such a young age?

I appreciate. It’s really nice when people pay attention to you, and people appreciate what you do.

Boxing is tough, nobody knows when we have bad days, good days. So when we finally get the appreciation, and people say, ‘you’re a really good boxer,’ or ‘you’re someone I want to be like,’ it feels good, and it’s worth it. sadness.

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