Today, the world of boxing has so many facets, fighters who have become great stars of the ring, one of them is the double WBC world champion, Claressa Shields, who on the night of March 5 will seek to make history by facing the undefeated super welterweight champion Marie-Eve Dicaire.
If Claressa wings this exacting fight she will become the first boxer to conquer all four belts and become the undisputed world champion in two divisions. It`s expected to be a power-on-power war between two of the best boxers of nowadays.
The fight has generated great expectations because, as we all know, this meeting was scheduled for May of last year; However, with COVID-19 pandemic, the fight had to be postponed, but as they would say, every deadline is finally met and now, finally after several months of waiting, we are poised to enjoy a brilliant contest between these two marvelous warriors who know that not only their belts will be at stake but also the honor and responsibility of knowing that they are the first women to headline a pay-per-view card, since the meeting held in New York in 2001 between Laila Ali and Jacqui Frazier- Lyde. In addition, it is worth mentioning that the entire card stars women
But who is Claressa Shields? Born on March 17, 1995, she got into professional boxing in November 2016, defeating Franchon Crews by unanimous decision, a fight that represented the first crucial step in the dreams of this young woman who in May of 2012 qualified to compete in the Olympic Games winning gold, being the youngest female boxer in the competition. As an amateur, Shields shaped a 77-1 amateur record, winning two Olympic medals and the Val Barker Trophy, an award given during the Olympics to the best “pound-for-pound” boxer in the competition.
Originally from Flint, Michigan, Claressa discovered her passion for the sport of gloves thanks to the King of Boxing Muhammad Ali, whom she deeply admires
However, when she told her father about her aspirations in this sport, he refused, because until that moment he considered that boxing was exclusive to men and he could not imagine his daughter fighting.
Even with this refusal, Claressa’s tremendous passion led her to be persistent and having her grandmother as a great ally, who always encouraged and supported her granddaughter not to accept restrictions based on her gender, the 11-year-old girl achieved her mission and she persuaded his dad, thus starting her wonderful boxing path.
Willing herself to make history, Claressa Shields has always sought to elevate women’s boxing to the top and become a benchmark and in the short career that she has achieved, because in these years she has won the following titles:
• March 10, 2017 / NABF middleweight title against Szilvia Szabados
• June 16, 2017 / WBC Super Middle Silver Title vs. Sydney LeBlanc
• August 4, 2017 / WBC super middleweight title against Nikki Adler
• November 17, 2018 / WBC middle world title against Hannah Rankin
• January 10, 2020 / WBC super welterweight title against Ivana Habazin
The March 5th showdown aptly entitled “SUPERWOMEN” will be preceded by a one-hour pre-show streamed live via VIVE’s platform beginning at 8PM Eastern. Tickets are available at http://bit.ly/superwomenfightnight for $29.99 USD (ticket sales do NOT benefit World Boxing Council).
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