Caroline Dubois says she is able to shine in opposition to Magali Rodriguez in what’s her “largest problem” but as she seems to safe the IBO light-weight title on her meteoric rise to the highest of ladies’s boxing.
Dubois vs Rodriguez will headline a card that features Viddal Riley vs Nathan Quarless and Callum Simpson vs Jose De Jesus Macias in an action-packed evening at York Corridor, dwell on Sky Sports activities on Saturday September 30.
“I shine beneath these lights”, stated Dubois, chatting with Sky Sports activities’ Ringside Toe2Toe podcast on the prospect of headlining for the primary time in her profession.
“I really feel like there’s sure boxers who you’ll be able to inform once we step within the ring and the way we supply ourselves, they love the strain, they love the crowds once they’re huge.
“I feel that me and lots of world champions, they’ve that charisma, that potential to carry out once they’re beneath strain – I’ve acquired that.
“Actions communicate louder than phrases, and that is why I am trying ahead to exhibiting that on September 30.”
The 22-year-old Briton received her first skilled bout in February 2022 earlier than stopping her subsequent 5 opponents and taking a factors victory in her final struggle in opposition to Yanina del Carmen Lescano in June.
Caroline Dubois knocked down Yanina del Carmen Lescano touchdown hurtful punches on the way in which to a large factors victory
On Saturday, she’s going to struggle Mexico’s Rodriguez, the previous WBA world title challenger and present WBC title holder.
The veteran has 9 knockouts amongst her 22 victories so far, and Dubois is anticipating an “awkward” bout in opposition to the 31-year-old.
“That is positively my largest problem on paper, and that is why I am excited for it.
“I’ve seen just a little little bit of her in opposition to Estelle [Mossely] and in opposition to different opponents – she’s any person who may be very awkward.
“That sort of stance, that awkwardness – it is like how are you doing this? How are you throwing a punch from the ground?
“She holds her palms in awkward positions and he or she leans again, and it’s extremely unfavorable, very awkward.
“I feel it is simply going to be a problem for me coping with that type and the way I take care of it, and I am excited to see what occurs.”
Dubois and Rodriguez can be going toe-to-toe for the IBO light-weight championship, however she has her sights set on the elite on ladies’s boxing, having already named Katie Taylor and Mikaela Mayer as targets.
Caroline Dubois says that she was not impressed by Mikaela Mayer when she confronted her as an novice in sparring
“It is mad to assume that I am speaking about preventing for the IBO world title”, stated the 22-year-old, who heads into her eighth skilled struggle.
“It is mad to assume that I am on this trajectory already, however I’ve to place it into perspective – feminine boxing is just a little bit totally different, we transfer differently.
“I have a look at Katie Taylor’s file, and he or she fought for a world title in her seventh struggle, Sandy Ryan goes for all of the belts and he or she’s on 10 bouts.
“So, I am simply myself, and once I’m evaluating myself to those women, I am heading in the right direction.
“It will be an amazing evening for me, and an enormous evening for boxing once more.
“After this one – God-willing, I hope all the things goes to plan – I need a larger step, and difficult the very best about.”
Jones: This can be a struggle ‘for the following era’
Caroline Dubois (PA Pictures)
Former WBO featherweight champion and Sky Sports activities pundit Barry Jones believes that Saturday’s headline struggle is “for the following era”.
“To make the game develop prefer it has been at a fast tempo, you need to have these huge fights so different younger women and girls, they will observe the game.
“You do not know the place you are going to get your subsequent star or future boxers from – you are likely to assume youthful youngsters see that and say that they need to be that.
Caroline Dubois says an announcement win in opposition to Yanina Lescano will assist progress her and get the large fights as she targets a conflict with Mikaela Mayer
“And that is what you need [as a fighter], somebody to fall in love with you.
“Have a look at Katie Taylor – how inspirational she’s been – Savannah Marshall, Claressa Shields within the States, Mikaela Mayers – all these boxers have been inspirations.
“And it is essential that we get these huge fights to develop the game as a result of sooner or later in ladies’s boxing, you will not be capable of win the world title in six fights.”
Jones admits that he was beforehand “frightened” about Dubois making huge steps shortly in her profession, however now believes the Briton is “sturdy sufficient” to face Rodriguez.
“I used to be all the time frightened as a result of Dubois turned professional so younger – I turned professional younger, and also you need to get the take a look at however you do not need to go too far”, stated Jones.
“In ladies’s boxing, you do not have the posh we’ve in males’s boxing – you’ll be able to float round a sure degree.
Mikaela Mayer praises ‘sturdy and proficient’ Caroline Dubois and says inside ladies’s boxing it is cool to see two generations cross
“You do not have that [in women’s boxing], you need to struggle, struggle after which it is the large struggle.
“It was a fear, however now I haven’t got that fear anymore – Dubois is bodily sturdy sufficient, and mature sufficient even when she’s solely 22.
“And this can be a good take a look at, this can be a lady that has boxed at a very good degree with actual expertise who will, on paper, trigger a couple of issues.”
Watch Caroline Dubois and Magali Rodriguez headline an enormous evening of boxing on Saturday September 30 dwell on Sky Sports activities.