British Youth Olympics Winner Caroline Dubois Loses Split Decision to Thai Boxer and Crashes Out of the Olympics

Published 08/03/2021, 7:22 AM EDT


Olympic medal hopeful Caroline Dubois saw her dreams shattered via a split decision loss to Thailand’s Sudaporn Seesondee. The British boxer is only 20, had won the Youth Olympics, and was also a top junior boxer. She entered the Olympics looking to continue her winning ways as she entered senior boxing.

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She came up against the highly experienced Sudaporn Seesondee, also the former world silver medalist. In an epic clash between youth and experience, experience prevailed, derailing the 20-year-old’s Olympic dreams. 

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Caroline Dubois has a shock exit 

Dubois looked in tremendous form, dispatching her opponents with ease. She didn’t let her opponents score a single point against her in her first 2 fights. Dubois won her round of 32 match against Donjeta Sadiku of Kosovo, 5-0. She then won her round of 16 match against American Rashida Ellis, 3-0.

Ellis was full of confidence coming into the fight against the Thai boxer. The Quarter Final – 2 match started off as a chess game. Both the boxers were just sizing each other up, letting out a flurry of punches once in a while.

The Thai boxer marginally outscored the Briton, landing more punches. The judges gave her the first round. The second round followed a similar pattern, but this time Dubois started landing her right hooks. The second round was so close that all the judges picked a different winner.

They went into the third round, all tied up. They both knew they would have to show the judges something special in order for them to win. With everything on the line, both women laid their hearts out in the ring. Both fought aggressively and hardly anything separating the two boxers.

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At the end of every round, Sudaporn was raising her fists up in the air. After the third round, when the judge’s scorecard was revealed, she fell on her knees because it now guaranteed her an Olympic medal. 

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Dubois looked shocked at the decision and lept pacing the ring. She could not process the fact that she had just lost. They say finishing fourth in the Olympics is the worst thing that can happen to an athlete. The 20-year-old has many more trophies and medals to win in her career, but Tokyo Olympics 2020 was just not to be for the young Briton.

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Combat Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Allan is a semi-professional football player for Diego Juniors FC.

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