Boxer Caroline Dubois (18) has been named the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year at the BBC Radio 1’s teen awards.
With a place in the team GB squad for Tokyo 2020 in sight, Dubois has emerged as one of the most promising talents in women’s boxing.
The likes of skateboarder Sky Brown and world taekwondo medalist Aaliyah Powell were all beaten to the punch by Dubois who joins a list including Andy Murray, Wayne Rooney and Tom Daley as a winner of the award.
Her older brother, Daniel Dubois, has been one of the biggest stories of 2019 in boxing after winning the British Heavyweight title and the Commonwealth and WBO international titles.
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After a breakout year in 2018 where Caroline became the national, European, World and Olympic champion at a youth level, BBC boxing commentator Mike Costello said he had to stop himself from calling Dubois “the best female boxer I have seen.”
With the likes of former Olympic champion Nicola Adams recently retiring and Ireland’s Katie Taylor emerging as a star in recent years, women’s boxing is making big strides in the right direction.
For many it is still held back by the coverage of the sport and the fact it has 2-minute rounds instead of 3, Dubois winning the Young Sports Personality of the Year award shows how attitudes are changing regarding women’s boxing.
Caroline Dubois has come a long way from a woman who once pretended she was a man named Colin in order to get in to a London boxing gym.