Caroline Dubois, sister of heavyweight Daniel Dubois, secured a shutout victory on her professional boxing debut.
Dubois, 21, beat veteran Vaida Masiokaite 60-54 over six rounds in Cardiff, Wales before Chris Eubank Jr faced Liam Williams in the main event.
The lightweight looked good on her debut landing some clean, impressive shots but she couldn’t put the stubborn Lithuanian away.
Speaking after the fight, Dubois was pleased with her work but knows she can improve.
“It was amazing, to be honest. The crowd was amazing. It was a good atmosphere to be apart of and good to get it out of the way,” Dubois said.
Smartly, Dubois made her entrance to the now fabled boxing theme, Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’ and the Motorpoint Arena was instantly behind her.
“It felt amazing. I saw my dad waving, my brother. It felt good.
“I felt the nerves a little bit. I feel like I rushed my work a little bit. If I had just stepped back and boxed like I know I can I would have been better I reckon.”
Masiokaite has a record of 2-15-4 which doesn’t make for good reading, but the 34-year-old has made a living out of testing prospects on British soil, fighting the likes of Chantelle Cameron, Rhiannon Dixon, and others, including Tasha Jonas last November in London.
Dubois won gold at the youth Olympics back in 2018 but she came up short in Beijing last summer.
BOXXER promoter Ben Shalom fought hard to secure Dubois’ signature and he believes she has a red-hot future in the spot.
“There was huge competition to sign her. There’s a presence about her, there’s something special,” Shalom says.
“We get excited because we know what she can do for women’s boxing over the next 10 years. For any fighter with that potential or pedigree, they want to be on Sky and the biggest platform possible.”