Claressa Shields Unifies 154-Pound Division With Dominant Victory Over Marie-Eve Dicaire

Claressa Shields continues to make history every time she steps into the ring. 

In the amateurs, Shields became the first fighter in the United States to win two Olympic gold medals. As a pro, she is now a two-time undisputed champion.

Headlining an all-women’s pay-per-view from Shields’ hometown of Flint, Michigan, Shields dominated Marie-Eve Dicaire en route to a decision victory and become the undisputed junior middleweight champion. Shields unified boxing’s 154-pound division with all three judges scoring the fight 100-90.

The fight was one-sided from the start of the bout. Shields’ pressure and work rate did not allow Dicaire from getting into any rhythm whatsoever. According to CompuBox,¬†Shields outlanded Dicaire 128-31 in total punches and 98-26 in power punches.

Shields countered well in the first couple of rounds, landing the right hand with relative ease. Shields overwhelmed Dicaire with a pair of combinations upstairs in the third round, constantly pressuring her with nonstop action. 

Dicaire landed her best punch of the fight up to that point, connecting on a counter left hook that momentarily stunned Shields. However, Shields recovered quickly and went back to outworking Dicaire.

In round six, Shields walked Dicaire down, landing a left hand that pushed Dicaire back and briefly staggered her. Shields followed it up with a strong right hand later in the round that also threw Dicaire off balance. The last three rounds were not any better for Dicaire, with Shields outworking her opponent with relative ease. 

Shields becomes the first fighter in boxing’s four-belt era to become undisputed champion in two weight classes. Shields became the undisputed middleweight champion in April 2019 when she defeated Christina Hammer in New Jersey. 

Women’s boxing currently has three undisputed champions with Katie Taylor and Jessica McCaskill reigning supreme at lightweight and welterweight, respectively. 

Perkins, Esparza Cruise To Decision Wins On Undercard

Opening the night, Marlen Esparza cruised to a shutout decision victory against Shelly Barnett. Esparza was victorious with scores of 60-54, 60-53 and 60-53, improving her record to 9-1 as a pro. 

Esparza dominated the fight from the start, landing several left hooks upstairs and outlanding Barnett. In the third round, Esparza started to widen the gap in skill between her and Barnett, connecting on several hooks and working off the jab. Barnett was never able to make the fight competitive down the road. According to CompuBox, Esparza outlanded Barnett 101-33 in power punches.

Esparza is on her way to a world title fight later this year. This is Esparza’s second win with her last win being a unanimous decision win against Sulem Urbina this past October.

In the second fight of the pay-per-view card, Jamie Mitchell stopped Noemi Bosques in the fifth round to pick up her sixth pro bout and fourth win inside the distance. Mitchell outboxed Bosques throughout the fight and landed several clean shots that staggered Bosques.

In the fifth round, Mitchell and Bosques got tangled up and Bosques dropped to the canvas. It was not ruled a knockdown, but once Bosques got back up, Mitchell attacked Bosques and hurt her to the point the referee stopped the bout with 11 seconds remaining in the fifth round.

Mitchell outlanded Bosques 94-24 in total punches with a 80-20 edge in power punches per CompuBox. This was Mitchell’s first fight since a majority draw against Britain Hart back in August 2019.

The co-main event saw Danielle Perkins pick up a second victory against Monika Harrison, winning an eight-round decision. All three judges scored the fight 80-72 in favor of Perkins. 

Harrison was outclassed from the start of the fight, barely stringing together more than a couple of punches landed per round. Perkins landed the bigger combinations and moved around the ring more effectively than Harrison. According to CompuBox, Perkins outlanded Harrison 119-21 in total punches landed.

The fight was a rematch from their August 2020 encounter in Detroit. Perkins emerged victorious in that fight, which was her pro debut, by winning the fight by unanimous decision (40-35, 40-35, 40-35). 

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