Dubois secures victory on her senior debut in Road to Tokyo Olympic qualifying event in London

London-born, Caroline Dubois, defeated Ala Staradub of Belarus in the opening bout of the Boxing Road to Tokyo Olympic qualifying event and will face Rio 2016 bronze medallist Mira Potkonen in the next round.

The 19-year-old lightweight and current BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year was making her senior debut after an undefeated youth record.

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.

On the prospect of competing against Potkonen, she added: ““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.

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“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.”

Caroline Dubois will be first in the ring at the Olympic Boxing qualifier

London-born, Caroline Dubois, will represent GB Boxing in the first bout of the Boxing Road to Tokyo Olympic qualifying event which gets underway at the Copper Box Arena on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London tomorrow (14 March 2020).

The unbeaten 19-year old and current BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year will box Ala Staradub of Belarus in her first-ever bout as a senior as she kicks-off her campaign to qualify for Tokyo 2020 in the women’s lightweight (60kg) division.

Victory for Dubois will see her come up against the competition’s number one seed, Mira Potkonen, of Finland who won a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, where she ended the reign of Ireland’s defending champion Katie Taylor.

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The opening day will feature strong British interest as super-heavyweight, Frazer Clarke, will take on Italy’s Clemente Russo in the final bout of the evening.

The highly experienced Italian won heavyweight won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing where he defeated former WBC heavyweight world champion, Deontay Wilder in the semi-finals. He also won silver at London 2012, losing to Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine in the final.

The British pair will bookend a day of action that will see 35 bouts take place over two sessions of boxing at the Copper Box Arena.

Another big name to feature will be Delfine Persoon of Belgium who will follow Caroline Dubois into the ring in the women’s lightweight category to face Nikoleta Pita of Greece.

Persoon has boxed as a professional and in June 2019 controversially lost a close bout against IBF and WBA champion Katie Taylor on the Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz undercard in Madison Square Garden in New York.

Tickets for tomorrow’s are on sale now for £10 at https://see.tickets/boxingroadtotokyo.

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People can also pay on the door at the Copper Box Arena with tickets priced £15.

Full details of the draw for the whole competition and a list of entrants is available at
https://www.boxingroadtotokyolondon.org/draw/results.

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