Claressa Shields has been a monster in the ring but the 25-year-old has a chance to further cement her name in the sport. The undefeated boxer will take on another undefeated fighter in Marie-Eve Dicaire on Mar. 5 at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center in an all-women fight card.
Up for grabs will be the vacant WBA title. If Shields pulls through, she will become the first female fighter to become the undisputed champion in two separate weight classes. The clash was originally set last May but had to be postponed due to the pandemic, DAZN reported.
"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 an official release.
However, the former Olympian will not have an easy fight ahead. Dicaire is the IBF titlist and also has an unblemished record. She too is looking to make history.
.@ClaressaShields aims to become the first boxer in the four-belt era to be crowned undisputed champion in two weight classes pic.twitter.com/8onzE0ET0i — ESPN Ringside (@ESPNRingside) January 19, 2021
The 34-year-old is the first woman to lead an event in a major at the amphitheater in Canada. But like Sheilds, Dicaire is more concerned about being part of 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,” Dicaire said.
For Shields, it will be interesting if her focus has been altered in any way. Most know that she is bent on making the jump to the mixed martial arts scene and this boxing event could be her last.
The three-division champion is attempting to be another boxer who can be successful in mixed martial arts. Several have tried to make the jump such as Holly Holm and James Toney. Holm was able to succeed but Toney was not as fortunate, MMA Fighting reported.
In that same post, it was mentioned that Shields would be defending her titles before shifting her attention to MMA. There are plans for her to fight in either May or June although most are cautioned that it will be a long process for Shields to adjust to mixed martial arts action.
“So if me and Kayla Harrison is in the same tournament, if we’re in the same season and we both have to fight our way to the top. So who knows who I’ll be fighting against. It may be Kayla, it may not who’ll be in the finals. Cause I envision myself being able to make it to the finals in 2022,” Shields quipped.