CAROLINE DUBOIS has completed her transformation from secret schoolboy Colin to British boxing bombshell.
The 22-year-old lightweight began her boxing career as a nine-year-old girl at the brilliant Repton Boys Club and had to hide her gender to blend in with the boys.
But on Saturday evening she headlines a Sky Sports show at the legendary York Hall and is aiming to secure the IBO world title.
Since leaving the family home at the beginning of the year, the little sister of heavyweight ace Daniel has developed from child prodigy to Wonder Woman and is turning heads every time she makes an appearance.
And world champions in multiple divisions – like Katie Taylor and Chantelle Cameron – are in the mix.
Ahead of the fight with Magali Rodriguez, Dubois told SunSport after taking a trip down memory lane at Repton: “You’re right, I’ve grown up, I’ve got more confidence, I feel like I’ve really become my own person.
“I’m growing as a person and as a woman, not just as an athlete, and that’s the most important thing.
“It’s good to hear that people are paying more attention to me when I come in to watch other people fight, it’s my sport.
“I signed up for this, I’ve been committed to this since I was a kid, I enjoy everything about it, not just the fighting and the training but the other side of the sport.
“I love going to as many shows as possible, watching all the big shows and preparing for my own.”
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Irish legend Taylor has all four major world titles at lightweight but has moved up to super lightweight where he has a great rivalry with Cameron. The repeat of Cameron’s victory will take place at the end of November.
It’s a frustrating time for the 2020 Olympian, who beats far stronger women – and occasionally men – in sparring and still has to wait for her shot in the real ring.
She explained: “I want a big fight for the world title sooner rather than later, but Katie Taylor is fighting Chantelle Cameron again and – depending on how that turns out – she also has a rematch with Amanda Serrano in her contract from her first fight.
“This could potentially take another 12 months of waiting, it’s just waiting, but as soon as an opportunity comes along I’ll be ready to take it.”
“It can be frustrating going through tough sparring fights and training camps for fights I know I should win, but I’ve been calling out some big names lately, like Mikaela Mayer.
“I don’t do it out of disrespect, I do it because I know I can compete with them, have great fights and win them.
“I’m willing to move up to heavier weights if I have to, I’ll go after anyone in the divisions.”
Dubois doesn’t just show a ruthless streak in trainer Shane McGuigan’s training ring or in London’s top venues.
The 7-0 star recently responded to rival promoter Eddie Hearn on Twitter and will be happy to pull the trigger on anyone else who steps out of line on social media.
“These people bring out the worst in me!” She laughed.
“I have to get canceled or get counseling, I can’t go on Twitter or Instagram too much because they’re too toxic.
“I just have to worry about the fights in the ring, no more fights online, in the ring online.”