Claressa Shields: Lack Of Backing From Boxing Networks Exposes Sexism
Claressa Shields believes there is a huge problem in the world of boxing.
Shields is recognized as one of the best, if not, the best women’s boxers on the planet. She has captured world titles in multiple weight classes and is looking to become the undisputed female light-middleweight champion. To do so, she’ll need to defeat Marie-Eve Dicaire on Friday night, March 5.
While Shields is a decorated champion, she believes sexism plagues the sport of boxing. Shields vs. Dicaire will be headlining an all-female PPV. It’ll air live on FITE TV but the event was never picked up by a major network known for hosting major boxing events.
Shields said she had a good relationship with Showtime before promises were “broken.” Speaking to MMAFighting.com, Shields said the situation proves that sexism exists in boxing.
“This is what women’s boxing needs. Men need to know that we’re not going to wait on them. I’m going to a place where no man has had to go. Like no man has had to go and fight his own pay-per-view card without any backing from the boxing networks. No man has had to do that. But the fact that I have to do it is showing that boxing is sexist.
“It’s also showing that I’m not afraid to go out here and make something for myself. I think that this will set a whole new wave for women’s boxing and other women are going to be fighting against the other best women and you’re going to have some super fights and there’s going to be women’s pay-per-views after this fight. This is just a great start.”