Claressa Shields-Marie-Eve Dicaire Unification Bout Postponed
A historical fight for women’s boxing will no longer be taking place as a result of the coronavirus. Claressa Shields v. Marie-Eve Dicaire for the IBF, WBC and WBO Light-Middleweight Titles has been postponed.
The bout was set for May 9 in Flint, Michigan at the Dort Federal Event Center. Salita Promotions is currently monitoring the situation and is hoping to find a new date for the fight soon. Those who bought tickets can use them for whenever the fight will be taking place. If not, a refund is possible through Ticketmaster.com or at the box office of the Dort Federal Event Center.
“Unfortunately, the real fight is outside the ring right now,” Dmitriy Salita stated in a release. “Once our invisible opponent is beaten, we can get back to watching two undefeated champions and the two best super welterweights in the world via for the undisputed title as Claressa Shields continues to build her incredible legacy in female boxing.”
— Mark Taffet (@MarkTaffetMedia) March 25, 2020
The fight was going to be one to remember. Shields (10-0) has decimated the middleweight division, winning the WBA, WBC, WBO, and The Ring Middleweight Titles. Following her big win over German star Christina Hammer, Shields vanquished rival Ivana Habazin back in January to win the WBC and WBO Light-Middleweight Titles. A two-time Olympic medalist, Shields would have fought in her hometown of Michigan for the fifth time.
The IBF Champion, Dicaire (17-0) turned pro in 2015, beating Christina Barry via unanimous decision. A black belt in karate, Dicaire won the Canadian and World Championships. Fighting fifty times as an amateur, Dicaire won her first major title, the WBC-NABF Light-Middleweight Title in 2018. That was her eleventh pro fight. She then won the IBF Light-Middleweight Title from Chris Namus in 2018 and has defended it three times. Dicaire’s most recent bout was a unanimous decision win over Ogleidis Suarez in November.
This is one of many events that have been postponed due to the coronavirus. Another factor that would have halted this fight was the news that the WBO has postponed all major title fights through June.