Claressa Shields Vs Marie-Eve Dicaire 154 Pound Unification Set For May 9
Undefeated three division champion Claressa Shields will go straight in into an high stakes clash with unbeaten IBF Super Welterweight Champion Marie-Eve Dicaire in a 154-pound unification bout with all four 154 pound belts at stake on May 9th, live on ShowTime.
Shields, who became the first fighter to become a three division champion in 10 professional fights will look to become the first undisputed champion in two weight classes during the four belt era. The winner of the fight which takes place at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center will work a way with the WBC and WBO titles, Dicaire’s IBF belt, and the WBA (Super) crown.
“I can’t wait to make history again on May 9,” said Shields. “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!”
“I am very excited for this opportunity and it is an honor to face an opponent like Claressa Shields,” said Dicaire. “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!”
The WBA will be handing a “Super” belt to a female boxer for the first time in their 99 year’s of their existence.
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Claressa Shields joined six other fighters to become undisputed champions in the four belt era, a list that includes Katie Taylor, Cecilia Braekhus, Bernard Hopkins, Jermain Taylor, Terence Crawford, and Oleksandr Usyk.
Shields executed a ground breaking victory when she overpowered Ivana Hazabin from the opening bell in her history breaking fight in January 10th to win a unanimous decision and with the win took a way the WBC and WBO 154-pound world championships. She utilised a strong jab and a constant supply of body shots, which put Habazin in a defensive mode throughout the 10 round fight.
“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,” said Gordon Hall, Executive Producer of SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION. “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.”
“I am excited to bring a historic night of boxing to fans in Flint at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center and to those watching on SHOWTIME,” said Dmitriy Salita, President of Salita Promotions. “In Claressa Shields and Marie-Eve Dicaire, we have the two best junior middleweights in the world and two undefeated champions fighting for the undisputed world championship. In addition to her already historic list of firsts, if victorious, Claressa will become the first two-division undisputed champion in the four-belt era. It will be a triumphant night in Flint on May 9.”
The fight between Claressa Shields and Marie-Eve Dicaire will take place on the 9th of June at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center in Shields’ hometown of Flint, Mich. Live on ShowTime with broadcast starting at (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT)