CAROLINE DUBOIS will happily relive her Olympic nightmare every evening if it helps inspire her to world title glory.
The brilliant 21-year-old southpaw makes her professional debut on Saturday, on the Cardiff undercard of Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Williams.
The bow comes six months after she reached the quarter-finals in Tokyo – losing only to the eventual gold winner – in a sensational achievement for a girl her age.
But the little sister of heavyweight star Daniel, has set the bar so high she will beat herself with the near miss until she has gold around her lightweight waist instead of her neck.
The Shane McGuigan-trained starlet told SunSport: “The Olympic loss still haunts me every night, I go to bed and lie there kicking myself.
“It’s the same every night, why didn’t I do a little bit more? Why didn’t I throw this punch or that punch to get it over the line?
“I need to start fighting now to prove right everybody that backed me and supported me to go and win a medal.
“And I want to prove anyone who doubted me after my loss very wrong.
“I hope eventually I can use it as a tool, it will push me in training and I know that if I am ever in a close fight again then I will remember what it felt like to lose.
“I will remember that pain and anger and disappointment and not let it happen again.”
Caroline’s painful final amateur loss came eight months after sibling Daniel’s crushing first pro defeat, when the 6ft 5in powerhouse was beaten into submission by Joe Joyce.
Up on the Church House balcony in Westminster Caroline, a foot smaller and 8st lighter, was the loudest person in the venue and was left heartbroken when her big bro succumbed.
It was a horrible reminder of the brutal business she is entering against Vaida Masiokaite.
“It was horrible to be there and watch because I could not do anything,” she said. “I wasn’t in the ring or the corner. He’s my brother and I would do anything to help him, I was only a few feet away but I was helpless.
“But this boxing, it’s the sport me and my brother are in, it’s the sport we love but also sometimes love to hate.
“I love boxing but I hate watching Daniel. I would rather be in the gym training hard with aches and pains, taking punches myself, than watching him. I hate everything about my brother fighting.
“But I know he loves doing it because he is fighting for his family and himself and he has built a real crowd and fansbase who want to see him do well, that part is what I like.”
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