Claressa Shields makes more history with shutout of Marie-Eve Dicaire
(This story initially appeared at BoxingJunkie.com.)
Claressa Shields may wish to contend solely in blended martial arts if she appreciates difficulties. Nobody in boxing can touch her.
Shields made formerly unbeaten Marie-Eve Dicaire appear she had no organization in the ring with her, controling nearly every second of every round to win a nothing choice in a 10-round junior middleweight bout Friday in her home town of Flint, Mich.
At the same time, the two-time Olympic champ likewise ended up being the very first fighter of either gender to end up being undeniable champ in 2 departments in the four-belt age.
Shields’ just frustration was that she was not able to stop Dicaire, which can be associated in part to the two-minute rounds required upon females fighters and the Canadian’s unwillingness to trade punches.
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“I was trying for the knockout,” Shields stated. “That’s what I wanted. And I almost had it a couple of times. … At the end of the day, I’m the new undisputed champion at 154 pounds – the first boxer to do it in history. And I did it here in Flint, Mich.”
Shields (11-0, 2 KOs) is no complete stranger to making history.
She ended up being a three-division titleholder in 10 bouts, faster than any other fighter. And she made extra history prior to she entered the ring Friday, ending up being the very first female to heading an all-woman pay-per-view card.
The battle itself was nearly anticlimactic provided Shields’ utter supremacy.
Dicaire, who got in the battle as the IBF beltholder, had no desire to blend it up with Shields. And who could blame her? Each time she did, she was welcomed with hard, precise punches that won round after round for Shields.
And when Dicaire (17-1, 0 KOs) did let her hands go, she seldom discovered the target. One component of Shields’ video game that may undervalue is her defense.
Dicaire landed 31 of 263 punches tossed, which is an 11.8 percent link rate, according to CompuBox. That’s a paltry average of 3.1 punches landed per round. Shields landed 128 or 409 (28.4 percent).
The only thing Dicaire succeeded was make it through, which she did by holding ceaselessly and utilizing rough methods in close quarters. She provided herself nearly no possibility to win the battle.
Practically. Dicaire did get the speed in the last 2 rounds in a desperate effort to get something done. Nevertheless, even then, it was Shields’ who landed the cleaner, captivating shots.
The main scoring was not a surprise: All 3 judges had it the very same, a 100-90 nothing. Boxing Addict likewise scored it 100-90.
Shields maintained her WBC and WBO titles, took the IBF belt from Dicaire and recorded the just recently set up WBA title.
“I’m just happy to be able to do it here,” Shields stated. “I started boxing here at the Dort [Federal] Event Center when I was 11 years old. Never in a million years did I think I’d be on pay-per-view and then be undisputed twice and just be one of the biggest boxing stars in the world.
“I just wanted to win an Olympic gold medal, that’s all I wanted. I won two of them. I got, I think, 12 championships now. I’m undisputed twice. It’s weird to say undisputed twice. It’s weird.”
Shields, who just recently signed with the Expert Fighters League, has actually stated she prepares to at the same time box and contend in blended martial arts. She stated after the battle Friday that she anticipates to make her launching in the middle of June, although that obviously hasn’t been settled.
That doesn’t leave her much time to enjoy her triumph.
“My birthday is March 17,” stated Shields, who turns 26. “Then it’s right back to the gym.”
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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.