Claressa Shields defeats Marie-Eve Dicaire and becomes undisputed champion of two divisions


FLINT, Michigan – Claressa Shields wanted to make history Friday night on several levels. The first part he handled before he even stepped into the ring, spearheading a pay-per-view card for women.

The second part occupied her in the ring in a similar way to all his previous fights. Shields defeated Marie-Eve Dicaire by unanimous decision to become the first boxer in the four belt era (since 2004), male or female, to be undisputed champion in two divisions. Shields retained his WBC and WBO junior middleweight titles while claiming the IBF crown from Dicaire and the vacant WBA world title.

“I did,” Shields said in the ring after the fight, which marked the first time in 20 years that a women’s boxing match was the main event of a pay-per-view.

All three judges scored the fight 100-90, a clean sweep for the fighter who calls herself the best of all time. Shields landed 116 of 409 punches, and Dicaire landed 31 of 263. Shields landed double-digit punches in seven of 10 rounds.

After the fight, Shields (11-0, 2 KO) was asked if he would drop to 147 pounds to fight Katie Taylor. Shields laughed and congratulated Taylor as a fighter.

“They had to pay me a lot of money to lose my butt and go down to 147,” Shields said, adding that he would do it for a million dollars. Shields then called Savannah Marshall, the only fighter to beat her as a fan, and said Marshall is “scared of me.”

Fighting in his hometown, Shields, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was dominant against Dicaire (17-1). When he entered the ring, most of the more than 300 fans at the Dort Financial Center Arena stood with their camera phones outside to record the event.

They were on their feet for most of the fight, getting louder in the sixth and seventh rounds as Shields began throwing more power punches. One of the blows staggered Dicaire early in the sixth, provoking cheers. After the fight, Shields said he was elbowed and head butted multiple times.

After the fight was over, Shields held all the belts in his arms and around his waist. She thanked the people of Flint and said that as a child, “never in a million years” did she think she would be fighting a pay-per-view card in her hometown.

Shields said he will take a week to celebrate his birthday and then begin training in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for his MMA debut in June.

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