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Boxing: Caroline Dubois set to follow in footsteps of brother Daniel after European junior success

PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 July 2017

Caroline Dubois (left) was crowned a European junior champion in Bulgaria last week (pic: Len Whaley)

Caroline Dubois (left) was crowned a European junior champion in Bulgaria last week (pic: Len Whaley)

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While heavyweight Daniel Dubois is hailed as Britain’s brightest heavyweight hope, his younger sister Caroline is adding to her boxing gold medal collection.

The West Ham prospect came home from Bulgaria last week as European junior champion, winning a title for the second year after taking the 54kg award in 2016.

Daniel said on his Twitter page: “Well done to my little sister Caroline, now double European champion. If you thought that one Dubois was bad news, beware of double trouble.”

Caroline’s 22nd straight victory came when she defeated Russian Nune Asatrion in the 60kg final to complete a week of outstanding displays, playing a key role in the England junior squad topping their table.

Asatrion had won the 60kg division a year earlier and looked determined to retain the award as she made an aggressive start, but it was Dubois who was quicker to the punch and proved more mobile.

She peppered her aggressive opponent with accurate attacks as she built up a lead and left little doubt about her superiority as the judges voted a 5-0 victory.

In her semi-final, Dubois also registered a unanimous win over Italian Sabria El Ragiouni.

The West Ham boxer’s sharp combinations dominated the exchanges and Dubois underlined her dominance by stepping up the pace in the final round.

Earlier, Dubois had registered a victory against Greek opponent Kieoniki Ververidou, again impressing the ringside judges who voted 5-0 in her favour.

The Plaistow club celebrated her success, following up Dubois’ home national title triumph which earned her a place on the club honours board – the first ever female boxer to join the illustrious list of West Ham champions.

Club official Jason Bull praised the prowess of the teenager who he predicts will earn a place alongside the greatest names in female boxing.

“It is a joy to see Caroline train and an even bigger pleasure to watch her box – she is an amazing talent on a journey to stardom,” said Bull.

“Her goals going forward are further success in home and international tournaments, looking forward to world championships and the Tokyo Olympics. Hopefully West Ham play a part in getting her there.”

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