Katie Taylor, who became the undisputed champion at both 135 and 140 pounds, vacated her IBF world lightweight title; The IBF has appointed Londoner Caroline Dubois to fight Rhiannon Dixon for the vacant world championship and has instructed negotiations to begin now.
The author: John Dennen, sports journalist
16:51 UK Friday 5 January 2024
Caroline Dubois has been named to fight for the IBF world lightweight title after Katie Taylor vacated the belt.
An undefeated pro, Dubois is only 22 years old, but has racked up impressive wins as she has worked her way up to become the No. 1 contender. 1.
Irish star Taylor became the undisputed lightweight champion by winning all four major 135lb titles. She moved up to super lightweight, where she won a rematch against Chantelle Cameron, and also went undisputed at 140 pounds last year.
Having held all the belts in both divisions at the same time, Taylor has now vacated the IBF lightweight title.
Dubois has been commissioned by the IBF to fight Britain's Rhiannon Dixon, who is ranked No. 2 in their rankings.
The IBF has opened a negotiation period that will last until January 20, when the fight ends with prizes.
Dubois, an Olympian from Tokyo, aims to become a professional world champion. He now looks to fight for his first major title later this year.
“I want to change sports”
Previously, Dubois said Sky Sports: “I want all the belts. I can go even harder. I don't know how long I can stay here and how big my body can get. It really depends. You see, the girls jump and I know how to jump.”
That's what her boxing idols did, and the rising star wants to follow suit.
“I'm a big fan of people like Manny Pacquiao, Canelo, recently Naoya Inoue, Terence Crawford. All of these people are great. But what made them great is that they didn't just make it in one weight class, they moved up and did it in another, ” she said.
“They dominated their weight and moved up and up and up and continued to dominate. I want to do something like that, too.”
“They are breaking boundaries and pushing what is considered impossible,” she continued. “I want to be someone like that.
“I want to do something that hasn't been done before. I want to change women's boxing and be the new face.”
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