Caroline Dubois advances to the quarterfinal round of Olympic competition, where her next opponent also hails from a proud boxing family.
The lightweight representative for Great Britain advanced to the Round of 16 following a three-round win over Kosovo's Donjeta Sadiku. Dubois prevailed by scores of Tuesday afternoon at Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo.
Sadiku did her best to make things uncomfortable for Dubois, who boxed from the outside and fought behind a crisp jab from her southpaw stance. The 21-year old Brit offset Sadiku's aggression in round three by shooting a purposeful jab, throwing off the timing of the Kosovo fighter in the process.
With the win, Dubois will go on to face USA's Rashida Ellis, who received an opening round bye. Both hail from boxing families—Dubois is the younger sister of heavyweight contender Daniel Dubois, while Ellis' brothers Rashidi and Ronald are both current pros.
Their bout will take place Thursday at approximately 11:30 a.m. local time (3:30 a.m. UK time, Wednesday 10:30 p.m. US Eastern time).
Shih-Yi Wu (Chinese Taipei) advanced to the next round of competition following a three-round shutout of Agnes Alexiusson (Sweden). Scores were 30-27 across the board for the rangy Wu, who used her height and reach advantages well and ultimately boxed circles around the Swedish lightweight.
With the win, Wu will next face number-three seed Beatriz Ferreira (Brazil) on Friday.
Opening women's lightweight competition on Tuesday, Rebecca Nicoli (Italy) claimed a split decision win over Esmeralda Falcón (Mexico). Scores were 30-27, 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 and 28-29. Nicoli has a tall task ahead, as she faces number-one seed Kellie Ann Harrington (Ireland) on Thursday.
Heavy-handed southpaw Sudaporn Seesondee (Thailand) punched her way to the next round following a hard-fought win over Maria Jose Palacios (Ecuador). Scores were 30-26, 30-27, 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 for Seesondee, who offset Palacios' height advantage with sledgehammer overhand lefts.
Awaiting Seesondee in the Round of 16 on Thursday is number-four seed Simranjit Kaur Baatth (India).
STILL TO COME
Shih-Yi Wu (Chinese Taipei) vs. Agnes Alexiusson (Sweden)
Maiva Hamadouche (France) vs. Mira Potkonen (Finland)
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox