A volunteer walked the landing ineffectively while holding a laminated banner at the top left corner of the arena as another day of boxing began inside this famous arena.

All of the rules were clearly written on it: sit down, don’t chant, wash your hands, and put on a mask. Few few paid any mind to the former. The noise level skyrocketed as athletes and representatives from many countries yelled, jumped to their feet, and banged drums..

C. Dubois Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

C. Dubois Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

C. Dubois, of Great Britain, entered the ring in the women’s lightweight quarterfinals and caused her own commotion by simply being there. Her match against Thailand’s Sudaporn Seesondee was intense and close, but she ultimately lost by a single point.

The event pitted a 29-year-old former world silver medalist against a 20-year-old C. Dubois, a top junior and youth Olympic winner who was continuing her transition into senior bouts.

The two women started off the match cautiously, assessing each other before picking their spots to attack. The judges gave Sudaporn the first round because her right hand landed slightly more often than her left.

Everything was the same in the second round, except C. Dubois started connecting with more right hands. It’s indicative of how close the fight was that all three judges scored Round 2 differently than Round 1, leaving the outcome of Round 3 undecided.

On Saturday, C. Dubois competed in a qualifying bout for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and came out on top.

The inaugural bout took place at the Copper Box, next to London’s 2012 Olympic stadium, and was won by the 19-year-old Londoner by unanimous decision over Ala Staradub of Belarus.

Unbeaten junior world and Olympic champion C. Dubois cruised to a 5-0 points victory to advance in the women’s lightweight bracket.

Last Words

The next bout for C. Dubois, who is one of ten siblings, will be more difficult because she will be facing Olympic bronze medalist and top seed Mira Potkonen.

The Finnish opponent, with whom C. Dubois is familiar, received a bye into the second round.