Claressa Shields’ next fight will take place in a boxing ring and it will headline an all-women’s boxing pay-per-view.
Shields will take on Marie-Eve Dicaire on a pay-per-view taking place on March 5 from Dort Financial Center in Shields’ hometown of Flint, Michigan. The fight will be for the WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF junior middleweight titles, meaning the winner will walk away as the undisputed champion. The entire pay-per-view will be available at a suggested retail price of just $29.95 and will be distributed by InDemand to all major cable, satellite and telco outlets and livestreamed by FITE TV.
“I’m excited to be fighting another undefeated champion and to have the opportunity to make history by becoming the first fighter – male or female – to be undisputed champion in two weight divisions in the four-belt era,” Shields said in a press release. “Headlining my first pay-per-view event with this historic all-women’s card, particularly at such an important time in the evolution of women’s boxing and around the International Women’s Day celebration, is so meaningful to me. We’re going to put on one heck of a show for the world to see. It’s one big step for boxing and one giant step for Womankind. I can’t wait to fight Marie Eve Dicaire on March 5.”
Also announced for the card are unbeaten fighters Danielle Perkins and Nadia Meknouzi competing in separate bouts. In addition, interim WBA junior middleweight titleholder Raquel Miller will also see action, but Miller’s opponent has not been announced.
This will be Shields’ first fight since she defeated Ivana Habazin to win the unified WBC and WBO junior middleweight titles back in January 2020. Prior to that, Shields became the undisputed middleweight champion when she defeated Christina Hammer in 2019. Shields is also a two-time Olympic gold medalist as an amateur. If Shields wins, she would be the first boxer in the history of boxing’s four-belt era to become undisputed champion in two different weight classes.
Dicaire is coming into the fight unbeaten as well, winning all 17 of her pro bouts. Dicaire won the IBF title back in 2018 and has made three successful title defenses.
The unbeaten Shields recently made waves when she signed a contract with PFL and compete as an MMA fighter. No date for Shields’ PFL debut was announced.