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Claressa Shields-Marie-Eve Dicaire Bout Back On For March

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Claressa Shields-Marie-Eve Dicaire Bout Back On For March

Claressa Shields will finally get her chance back in the ring on March 5 as she gets to celebrate International Women’s Day by defending her belts against Marie-Eve Dicaire.

The bout for Shields will take place at the Dort Financial Center in Shields’ hometown of Flint, Michigan, and will be a pay-per-view event.  The event called “Superwomen” will be an all-female pay-per-view card presented by Salita Promotions in association with Groupe Yvon Michel.

It 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 live-streamed by FITE TV through the website.

Shields (10-0, 2 KOs) will attempt to become the first boxer in the four-belt era to become an undisputed world champion in two weight divisions when she faces Dicaire (19-0).  Shields was last in action in one way traffic against Ivana Habazain back in January of last year in Atlantic City.

“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,” said Claressa Shields in the 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.”

So why is this Shields fight on pay-per-view? This fight for Shields-Dicaire was to air on Showtime before the pandemic came around last year.

Mark Taffet, manager of Shields laid out in a tweet this route.

“US networks have unfortunately virtually walked away from Womens Boxing so Claressa Shields is taking matters into her own hands and going on pay-per-view.,” Taffet said on Twitter.

The Canadian Dicaire was last in action back in November of 2019 winning against Ogleidis Suarez by unanimous decision. Dicaire will be fighting outside of the province of Quebec for the first time on March 5. Dicaire is looking forward to the opportunity.

“I’m happy to finally be able to get back in the ring and face Claressa Shields,” said Dicaire in the release. “It’s been a year now that I’ve been preparing exclusively for this fight. I’m used to making history in women’s boxing. I was the first woman to lead an event in a major amphitheater in Canada. On two occasions, my IBF defenses have been shown on pay-per-view in Canada.”

“I have a lot of respect for everything Shields has accomplished; I am excited about this opportunity for my career and for the advancement of international women’s boxing. Like Claressa I am undefeated and, just like her, I am coming to defend my world crown. We are going to have a lot of fun on March 5 measuring our skills, without restraints, and putting on a grandiose and memorable show.

We have been waiting for this moment for a very long time. I would like to thank all those who made this event possible and I invite you to be there on March 5 in large numbers!”

The rest of the card will feature heavyweight Danielle Perkins, powerful undefeated Floyd Mayweather Sr.-trained light heavyweight Nadia Meknouzi and super-talented current WBA interim super welterweight champion Raquel Miller – all with opponents to be announced at a later date.

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