Seven fights and five knockouts after entering the paid ranks in February last year, London lightweight Caroline Dubois is set to headline her first professional show versus Mexico’s Magali Rodriguez on Saturday evening.
The 22-year-old is also set for her first ten-round encounter at Bethnal Green’s iconic York Hall with the dubious IBO lightweight title on the line.
Fresh off competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics which culminated in a quarter-final defeat to Sudaporn Seesondee, Dubois turned pro on the undercard of Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Williams early last year.
A comfortable six-round points win was followed by five consecutive stoppage victories, including two in the first-round, as Dubois hit the ground running under the tutelage of Shane McGuigan.
Her most recent outing saw her floor Yanina Lescano on the way to a wide points victory over eight at the iconic venue she is set to headline herself this weekend as Dubois continues to eye up a shot at world honours in the 135lb division.
She spent most of the Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith fight week chasing a showdown with former super-featherweight champion Mikaela Mayer who fought on the card, vowing she is ready to step-in and claim an early scalp as she looks to assert herself on the world scene.
“Magali’s more experienced than me, she’s had more fights and she’s supposed to be the toughest challenge of my career so my aim is to show I’m levels above this woman,” Dubois told Sky Sports this week.
“I’m world level and the only way I prove that is by coming out here and dominate to show I’m levels above.”
Rodriguez (22-6-4, 9KOs) meanwhile is a former WBA world title challenger, albeit four divisions down at bantamweight, and recently held Olympic gold medalist Estelle Mossely to a majority draw in Tajikistan five months ago.
“It’s up to me to make her uncomfortable and to make her know that this is the toughest challenge she’s gonna have. I’m here to make stuff up,” Dubois said.
“It isn’t about her. I’ve trained hard for her and given her the respect by putting my body through pain in this camp. This has been the toughest camp I’ve had, the sparring’s been brutal and I’ll be taking that into the ring to put that pain onto her.”
Riley eyes first pro title against Quarless while Hennessy makes pro debut
Cruiserweight Viddal Riley (9-0, 6KOs) challenges for the vacant English title against Liverpool’s undefeated Nathan Quarless (12-0) further down the card.
Hackney’s Riley cemented his initial victory over Anees Taj with an emphatic fourth-round stoppage over the latter three months ago to land his sixth win inside the distance.
The 26-year-old already boasts a healthy fan base courtesy of his ties to stars in the YouTube world but has been fighting to make a name for himself on the other side of the ropes and heads into Saturday night on the back of four consecutive stoppage wins.
Quarless is also fighting for his first title but has not demonstrated the same heavy hands as Riley, winning all 12 of his outings on points so far.
After a successful stint in the amateur code, Francesca Hennessy is set to make her maiden professional appearance in the capital on Saturday as she faces Poland’s Sonia Klos (1-8) over six at bantamweight.
Hennessy, daughter of promoter Mick Hennessy, was announced as BOXXER’s latest signing last month after becoming national champion on two occasions as an amateur.
Barnsley super-middleweight Callum Simpson (12-0, 9KOs) also takes on Mexico’s Jose Macias (28-12-4, 14KOs) over ten rounds after Germaine Brown was forced to withdraw through injury.
London heavyweight Jeamie Tshikeva (5-0, 3KOs) also faces Brazil’s Igor Adiel Macedo (11-1, 11KOs) over eight.