Claressa Shields Unification Bout Vs. Marie-Eve Dicaire Set For May
In just ten professional bouts, Claressa Shields has managed to take over the boxing world. Now the undisputed (WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO and The Ring) Middleweight Champion of the world is looking to create even more history.
Shields (10-0) announced her next fight will be in the light-middleweight divison, taking on IBF Light-Middleweight Champion. Marie-Eve Dicaire. On the line will be Dicaire’s title as well as Shields’ newly-won WBC, and WBO Light-Middleweight Titles. The WBA Title will also be on the line.
“I always have some kind of history, breaking thing I’m doing in boxing. Always. Fastest boxer in history to become a three-time division champion,” Shields stated on the Olympic Channel. Now, this is an exclusive. My next fight is May 9 in Flint, Michigan at the Dort Federal Event Center, and I’ll be fighting for a chance to become a two-division undisputed world champion. The first in history to do it in the four-belt era, against undefeated champion Marie-Eve Dicaire from Canada. 17-0, oh my goodness!”
WORLD EXCLUSIVE: The two-time Olympic boxing champion Claressa Shields just announced her next opponent, and she's aiming to make history AGAIN. 🥊@Claressashields 🇺🇸 vs @EveDicaire 🇨🇦
Date: May 9
Location: Flint, Michigan #Boxing pic.twitter.com/m9fhvWHU81
— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) March 11, 2020
CLARESSA SHIELDS RETURNS TO @ShowtimeBoxing MAY 9 VYING TO BECOME FIRST TWO DIVISION UNDISPUTED WORLD CHAMPION IN FOUR-BELT ERA
@Claressashields To Face IBF Super Welterweight Champion Marie-Eve Dicaire @SalitaProm pic.twitter.com/lmW8CWmgep
— Mark Taffet (@MarkTaffetMedia) March 11, 2020
The 24-year-old Shields became a professional in 2016, beating Franchon Crews-Dezurn via unanimous decision. Since then, the two-time Olympic medalist has beaten everyone thrown at her. In her second pro fight, Shields won the NABF Middleweight Title from Szilvia Szabados. Fights 5-9 have been against some of the top women in boxing today. Shields beat Tori Nelson, Hanna Gabriel, Hannah Rankin and Femke Hermans all via unanimous decision. Her biggest test was against German sensation Christina Hammer, and she ended up dominating all aspects of that fight in Atlantic City to become undisputed middleweight champion.
“Fighting against undefeated IBF 154-pound champion Marie-Eve Dicaire continues my quest to fight the very best in women’s boxing,” Shields stated. “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 her most recent bout in January, Shields moved in weight to beat rival Ivana Habazin for the WBC and WBO Light-Middleweight Titles. When it comes to her latest challenger, Shields kept it nice and sweet.
“I’m going to beat Marie-Eve Dicaire up, for sure.”
According to BoxRec, Dicaire (17-0) is the best active light-middleweight fighters in the female divison. The 33-year-old from Quebec 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.
“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!”
Dicaire will be fighting in the United States for the first time, while Shields will headline a Michigan event for the fifth time. The fight will air on Showtime.