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

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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


Mitchell pummels Bosques for TKO

After walking Bosques down, Mitchell wobbles her with an overhand right. Mitchell turns up the pressure and is landing at will. The ref sees more than enough to step in and stop the action to give Mitchell her fourth win by knockout.

Up next

Jamie Mitchell and Noemi Bosques are about to clash in a six-round bantamweight bout.

Esparza's post-fight quotes

"I'm happy to be part of it and working with Claressa again. I'm excited to just be here for all women, trying to do what they do for women's boxing."

Esparza dominates Barnett

Judges have 60-54, 60-53 and 60-53 all for Esparza, who lands nearly 40 percent of her power shots and takes the unanimous decision after six rounds. She really started to let loose in the fourth and is now the No. 1 contender for the WBC flyweight title. All this after Esparza (9-1) took the fight with Barnett on 10 days notice.

This all-female pay-per-view is underway!

Marlen Esparza, the first woman signed to Golden Boy, kicks off this historic pay-per-view. The Olympic bronze medalist and former world flyweight title challenger faces Shelly Barnett to get this event started. Keep it locked here for live updates, results and highlights.

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