Claressa Shields has her eyes set on unifying another weight class. RDS reports that “T-Rex” is set to put her WBO and WBC super welterweight belts on the line against IBF champion Marie-Eve Dicaire on May 9th in the former’s native Flint, Michigan. Flint will host a press conference on Monday,
Dicaire (17-0, 0 KO) is BoxRec’s #1 woman at 154 pounds, having beaten Chris Namus for the belt in 2018 and racked up a trio of successful defenses that includes former champions Mikaela Lauren and Ogleidis Suarez. Shoudl this fight go through as expected, she’ll be making the first appearance outside of Quebec in her four years as a professional.
Shields (10-0, 2 KO) dominated Christina Hammer in a terrific performance last April, claiming undisputed middleweight supremacy in the process. This prompted a move down to 154, where a vacant title fight with Ivana Habazin collapsed at the last minute thanks to Shields’ brother sucker-punching Habazin’s trainer. The two would ultimately meet in January, with Shields running roughshod over her to become a three-weight champion.
Shields has been vocal about wanting a crack at welterweight queen Cecilia Braekhus, and having a number of belts around her waist would certainly be a solid enticement to bring boxing’s “First Lady” up to 154. For now, though, someone’s “0” has got to go.
UPDATE: It’s official.
“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!”
In addition, the WBA has conjured up a super title for them to fight for, and Showtime’s marketing it as a clash for undisputed status. Seeing as the super title didn’t exist yesterday and Hanna Gabriels holds the “world” title, I don’t buy it, although Shields did already beat Gabriels, so whatever.