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Boxing

Claressa Shields becomes first undisputed world champion in two different weight classes

Mark Lelinwalla
Claressa Shields becomes first undisputed world champion in two different weight classesDAZN
Shields added the undisputed junior middleweight crown to her undisputed middleweight championship after claiming a unanimous decision shutout of Marie-Eve Dicaire on Friday night.

History made. Well, herstory made.

Claressa Shields became the first boxer ever during the four-belt era — man or woman —  to reign as undisputed world champion in two different weight classes as a result of her dominating shutout of Marie-Eve Dicaire on Friday night. All three judges had it 100-90 in favor of Shields at the Dort Financial Center in her hometown of Flint, Michigan.

"It just don't feel real to say undisputed twice," Shields said after adding the undisputed junior middleweight crown to the undisputed middleweight championship she came into the bout with. "It's kind of weird. It's like some epic s—t."

Shields' only gripe on the night?

"I was trying to get the knockout," Shields said. "That's what I really wanted. I'm happy, but I still wanted the KO. I just didn't have enough time."

Shields (11-0) showed patience and composure, stalking Dicaire (17-1) around the ring and launching a measured output, which had her outlanding the Canadian a staggering 128-31 in total punches. What started with Shields immediately finding a home for her right hand opened up the opportunity for the GWOAT to land left hooks and soon thereafter the 25-year-old was piecing together combinations to rock her opponent's jaw.

With 10 seconds left in nearly every round, Shields turned up the heat and landed a power shot for extra emphasis. Even if she didn't, each round was well in hand by that juncture on a night that saw Shields headline a historic all-female pay-per-view in front of 375 hometown fans in Flint.

"Pacquiao who? Canelo who? It's Claressa Shields, yes!" Shields ended her night saying. "Two-time undisputed. When someone else do it, let me know! It ain't been done. It's just me."

Card in full results

  • Claressa Shields def. Marie-Eve Dicaire via unanimous decision (100-90, 100-90, 100-90) to become junior middleweight undisputed champion
  • Danielle Perkins def. Monika Harrison by unanimous decision (80-72, 80-72, 80-72) to win vacant WBC silver women's heavyweight title
  • Jamie Mitchell def. Noemi Bosques via fifth-round TKO; Bantamweights
  • Marlen Esparza def. Shelly Barnett by unanimous decision (60-54, 60-53, 60-53); Bantamweights

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