Boxer Claressa Shields is set to face Marie-Eve Dicaire to become the undisputed junior middleweight champion Friday, March 5th. The two will fight in Shields’ hometown of Flint, Michigan at the Dort Federal Event Center. Shields puts her WBC and WBO titles on the line, and Dicaire her IBF and WBA titles. The winner will become the undisputed women’s junior middleweight champion.
Shields, in particular, has a bit more on the line if she can close out this fight with a win. With a Friday night victory, she will become the first boxer — man or woman — to become an undisputed champion in multiple weight classes in the four-belt era. Shields first claimed all the world titles in the middleweight (160 lbs) division before dropping a weight class down to the super welterweight division (154 lbs).
At 25-years old, Shields has already dubbed herself the “GWOAT” — or, greatest woman of all time — and it’s for a good reason. At 5’8” Shields has dominated each opponent she’s faced with an undefeated 10-0 record and two recorded knockouts. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, taking home prizes for the United States in 2012 and 2016 as a middleweight champion. Shields has truly dominated the sport to become the world’s top woman fighter.
However, despite the big-time titles on the line with one of history’s best woman boxers in the ring, Shields vs. Dicaire couldn’t find a home with any major sports broadcaster. Because of this, it will be the first pay-per-view event for women’s boxing in nearly 20 years. In June of 2001, Laila Ali fought Jacqui Frazier-Lyde in the first PPV to be headlined by a women’s bout. The subtext isn’t lost on Shields, either.
She has been a huge advocate in promoting equality between men’s and women’s sports, and holding this event is just one step in working to elevate the sport of women’s boxing. In addition to advocating for more exposure for the sport, Shields is also looking to change the sport itself. Women’s boxing matches are short in comparison to the men’s — 10 two-minute rounds rather than 12 three-minute rounds — meaning less action, fewer knockouts, and of course, lower pay. Her fight Friday night against Dicaire is just one step in providing women fighters a platform to change the perception of and gain support for the sport of women’s boxing.
After crushing many milestones in her boxing career, Shields made headlines last November after signing a multi-year deal with the MMA (mixed martial arts) Professional Fighters League. She’ll make her debut in the sport in 2021, and undoubtedly, look to dominate there as well.
How to watch Shields vs. Dicaire
This all-woman boxing match is set for Friday, March 5th. The broadcast will start at 9 p.m., while ring walks are expected for Shields and Dicaire at around 10-10:30 p.m. ET.
The bout between Claressa Shields and Marie-Eve Dicaire will be available for viewing on most subscription-based and cable platforms on PPV, with recommended pricing around $29.95. It’s also available for live stream on Fite.TV with a subscription which is $4.99 per month. If you’re new to the site, you may be eligible for a one-week free trial if you’re just looking to stream this fight in particular.