Every week earlier than the Opening of the Olympic Video games in Tokyo, Caroline Dubois is able to field and beat the very best on the earth
BOXERS usually like to remain on their ft. In probably the most vital bout of her profession up to now, Caroline Dubois stored hitting the deck. This was by way of no fault of her personal and never by way of any specific punches Mira Potkonen was touchdown, however by way of the Finnish veteran’s irregular ways, charging wildly into the younger Londoner and flinging her to the canvas, crashing down on prime of Dubois most of the time.
“We knew that’s precisely what she brings and in a approach it’s not a horrible factor. We knew she desires to spoil, that’s how she wins most of her fights, she overwhelms folks 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 whack them with if she will get away it. We knew that that’s her plan. After we sparred in Colorado we had a very good spar. I gave it to her and I knew she knew I used to be simply as robust as her. I might give it to her simply as she offers it to me. So we knew she’s going to carry one thing. So I wasn’t actually shocked. Clearly it’s horrible whenever you’re within the ring and also you get chucked to the ground, but it surely’s all a part of the sport and also you’ve simply acquired to be the larger individual, 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 it’s important to do. Field, field, transfer and win,” Dubois stated. Which is exactly what she did.
It was a bout she had spent a yr 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 nicely I did. She knew how nicely I did so I wasn’t actually nervous on that aspect of issues. I used to be extra frightened 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 frightened of her, I’m not frightened of something she brings, I’m frightened of myself. I’m frightened of getting within the ring and throwing every thing 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 the very best of my potential, I’ll beat anybody. I really 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 could get shut and it could get scrappy and I’d get out the ring kicking myself, residing 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 nicely. I knew I used to be preventing her from final yr, so there was all that build up. I used to be simply pleased it was over and I used to be on to the following one.”
It was a vital 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 way of the Olympic qualifier in Paris final month. She needed to recuperate bodily and restore her composure to field once more the following 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 approach I used to be going to let one powerful, laborious struggle 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 just lately within the event ultimate in France. Caroline will likely be preventing for her dream in Tokyo, however would fortunately combine a dose of revenge in too. “I’d be so excited to fulfill her once more within the ring. I undoubtedly need 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 need to get again to that. If I can get within the ring together with her once more, I’ll be throwing every thing at her.”