Per week earlier than the Opening of the Olympic Video games in Tokyo, Caroline Dubois is able to field and beat one of the best on the planet
BOXERS usually like to remain on their toes. In essentially the most important bout of her profession up to now, Caroline Dubois saved hitting the deck. This was by no fault of her personal and never by any explicit punches Mira Potkonen was touchdown, however by the Finnish veteran’s irregular techniques, charging wildly into the younger Londoner and flinging her to the canvas, crashing down on prime of Dubois as a rule.
“We knew that’s precisely what she brings and in a method it’s not a horrible factor. We knew she desires to spoil, that’s how she wins most of her fights, she overwhelms individuals she roughs them up, she throws them on the bottom, she punches them when the ref’s not wanting, she whacks them with no matter she will be able to whack them with if she will be able to get away it. We knew that that’s her plan. Once we sparred in Colorado we had a extremely good spar. I gave it to her and I knew she knew I used to be simply as sturdy as her. I may give it to her simply as she provides it to me. So we knew she’s going to convey one thing. So I wasn’t actually shocked. Clearly it’s horrible while you’re within the ring and also you get chucked to the ground, nevertheless it’s all a part of the sport and also you’ve simply acquired to be the larger particular person, the higher boxer and rise to the event. Don’t let what they’re doing intervene with what you’ve acquired to do. Keep centered on doing what you must do. Field, field, transfer and win,” Dubois stated. Which is exactly what she did.
It was a bout she had spent a 12 months ready for, after the cancellation of the qualifier in 2020. “I wasn’t actually nervous in any respect main as much as it. I knew how good I used to be. I sparred her in Colorado and I knew how effectively I did. She knew how effectively I did so I wasn’t actually nervous on that facet of issues. I used to be extra fearful of myself to be trustworthy,” Dubois stated. “Simply earlier than we have been strolling into the ring, I used to be considering I’m not fearful of her, I’m not fearful of something she brings, I’m fearful of myself. I’m fearful of getting within the ring and throwing the whole lot down the drain. As a result of I understand how good I could be. I do know that if I get within the ring and carry out at one of the best of my potential, I’ll beat anybody. I actually imagine that. I used to be by no means actually afraid of her or anyone else. I used to be extra afraid of myself, letting the event get to me. As a result of that’s such a giant issue. Letting [in] doubts and letting myself crumble below the stress and if I did that, that’s the place she’d have an opportunity and it might get shut and it might get scrappy and I’d get out the ring kicking myself, dwelling with this for the remainder of my life as a result of I threw it down the drain.
“The choice got here out, I used to be simply relieved. I used to be pleased as effectively. I knew I used to be combating her from final 12 months, so there was all that increase. I used to be simply pleased it was over and I used to be on to the subsequent one.”
It was an important victory. Not solely did the 20-year-old beat a extremely skilled World medallist, who’d eradicated Katie Taylor from the final Olympic Video games, however she continued her advance by the Olympic qualifier in Paris final month. She needed to get better bodily and restore her composure to field once more the subsequent day and qualify. “It wasn’t that onerous. That is what we’ve been coaching for our entire lives, since I used to be little child watching London 2012, that is what I’ve been coaching for. No method I used to be going to let one robust, laborious battle spoil that. That is my dream since then,” Dubois stated.
Dubois has solely misplaced twice in her life, with Eire’s excellent light-weight Kellie Harrington beating her most not too long ago within the match closing in France. Caroline will likely be combating for her dream in Tokyo, however would fortunately combine a dose of revenge in too. “I might be so excited to fulfill her once more within the ring. I undoubtedly wish to avenge that loss, I don’t even wish to say the phrase loss. It’s very annoying. That’s a winner’s mentality,” she says. “I’ve been profitable for a really very long time and I wish to get again to that. If I can get within the ring along with her once more, I’ll be throwing the whole lot at her.”