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Decaire and Shields looking to advance women’s boxing

Decaire v. Sheilds will be about more than belts
Published: Mar. 3, 2021 at 9:03 PM EST
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - It is fight week in Flint, as Vehicle City native Claressa Shields prepares to take on Canadian Maire-Eve Decaire in a championship boxing matchup at Dort Federal Event Center.

This match-up of champions was supposed to happen last year, but due to the pandemic the bell will ring on Friday.

Wednesday was the final press conference before fight night between Shields and Dircaire. While this fight may be a unifying of the belts and seeing if Shields can become a two-time undisputed champion, it’s also about what this moment means in women’s boxing.

The two fighters will be the first women to headline a pay-per-view card in 20 years. During Women’s History Month, the entire card is all women’s boxing matches.

Shields and Dicaire are accomplished fighters. Dicaire is the IBF super welterweight champion while Shields is the undisputed middleweight world champion and holds titles in three divisions.

The two champions know the significance of this fight, because throughout their careers they were told it would be hard for women to headline a pay-per-view fight. Both are relishing in the moment.

“I think this fight could put women’s boxing on the map. Women’s boxing is getting more and more popular. But, we still have work to do,” said Maire-Eve Decaire, 17-0 super welterweight champion. “And to get people involved in women’s boxing a champion has to face champion and this is what we’re doing.”

“To know that they did 100,000 [pay-view] buys with Jackie Frazier v. Layla Ali. But that was also Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier’s daughters. We don’t have famous fathers. So, what numbers are we going to do? I know that I have a great fan. All her fans tuning in and all my fan tuning in. So, we can have some numbers to back what we’re doing. I’m just super excited to have the opportunity,” said Claressa Shields, 10-0 undisputed middleweight champion.

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