By Mark Elezaj
Undefeated three-division world champion Claressa Shields, who previously unified at super middleweight, now has her sights set on becoming the undisputed junior middleweight champion in her next fight.
Shields (10-0, 2 KOs), who will be stepping back in the ring to face world champion Marie-Eve Dicaire (17-0, 0 KOs) on May 9 at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center in Flint, Michigan, would become the first female boxer to be an undisputed champion in two divisions.
“I can’t wait to make history again on May 9,” Shields said. “Fighting in Flint in front of all my fans has been a dream of mine since turning pro. Having the opportunity to make history by fighting for the undisputed title in a second weight division is something I’m very proud of.
“Fighting against undefeated IBF 154-pound champion Marie-Eve Dicaire continues my quest to fight the very best in women’s boxing. And headlining on Showtime again will continue my goal to lift women’s boxing to new heights. I’m going to give Flint and fight fans all over the world a night to remember on May 9.”
In the four-belt era, only seven fighters, including Shields, have been undisputed in one division. That list includes Katie Taylor, Cecilia Braekhus, Bernard Hopkins, Jermain Taylor, Terence Crawford, and Oleksandr Usyk.
“Claressa Shields continues to be a beacon of light and a trailblazer for women’s boxing, women’s sports and boxing overall,” said Shields’ manager Mark Taffet.
“Being the only American to win back-to-back Olympic gold in boxing, having won world titles in three weight divisions faster than any man or woman in boxing history, and now having the chance to be the first person, man or woman, to be an undisputed champion in two weight divisions in the four-belt era, Claressa will continue to add to her list of legendary, unprecedented and history-making accomplishments come May 9. I’m proud to be a part of her journey.”
Dicaire will be making a fourth defense of her world title.
“I am very excited for this opportunity and it is an honor to face an opponent like Claressa Shields,” Dicaire said. “I am thankful to my promoter, Yvon Michel, and everyone involved in making this possible. For me, this is a dream come true. I will be prepared the best I can be, and I am ready to leave everything in the ring to win the fight!”
“Marie-Eve Dicaire against Claressa Shields, a battle of two undefeated champions for all the titles , you can’t get a better match in boxing,” said President GymYvon Michel, Dicaire’s promoter.
“We have great respect and admiration for all Shields has accomplished but there is no doubt Marie-Eve is the most skilled, strong and dedicated opponent Claressa has faced. We are very confident that all the belts will come back to Canada with us. Thanks to Salita Promotions and SHOWTIME for the opportunity. Marie-Eve Dicaire will provide a great fight for the fans and viewers.”
Gordon Hall, Executive Producer of SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION, said “Showtime has a long history of featuring the best in women’s combat sports, whether it was with Gina Carrano, Cris Cyborg and Ronda Rousey in MMA, or Laila Ali and Christy Martin in boxing,
“More recently, we have shown Claressa Shields, Christina Hammer, Lightweight Champion Katie Taylor and seven-division champion Amanda Serrano. Shields vs. Dicaire will be our 12th women’s boxing event since 2017. Claressa’s bout with Dicaire represents another historic battle of unbeatens and attempt for another ‘first’ on SHOWTIME as Claressa looks to become undisputed in two weight classes.”
Shields, who became the first American boxer in history, male or female, to win two consecutive Olympic Gold Medals, turned professional following the 2016 Olympics and went on to headline the first women’s boxing main event in premium cable history in only her second professional fight back in 2017.
~ The Fighting Voice ~