Claressa Shields, 25, has already won two Olympic Gold medals. Also, she has won the WBC and IBF belts at super middleweight before dropping down the weight classes.
Claressa Shields (10-0, 2 KO) does not know how to lose, or so it seems. The towering 5ft 8in boxer has dominated the boxing sphere in her short professional career. At just 25, she has already won two Olympic Gold medals.
Also, she has won the WBC and IBF belts at super middleweight before dropping down the weight classes. Hence, her success in the sport cannot be overstated.
Shields’ next mission is to become the first person ever to hold the WBC, WBA, IBF, and WBO belts simultaneously in two divisions. Already the Jr. middleweight WBO and WBC titleholder after beating Ivana Habazin in January 2020, the self-styled GWOAT will be looking to win the WBA and IBF title. The WBA belt is currently vacant, while Marie-Eve Dicarie (17-0, 0 KO) holds the IBF belt. Therefore, Shields will be looking to advance her cause by taking Dicarie’s scalp when they face later today in the ring.
Dicarie is a formidable fighter, having won all of her 17 professional fights before today’s match. She is second only to Shields in Ring’s ranking of the junior middleweight category’s best boxers. Therefore, the fight is expected to get the attention of many boxing fans around the world.
Tonight’s fight will be Claressa Shields’ first PPV fight as she looks for ways to broaden her market and increase her earnings. She’s also considering competing in MMA alongside boxing. She has a considerable social media following, and time is on her side to create her market.
In the meantime, the onus is on her to maintain her consistency.
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