Claressa Shields fights in Flint on March 5th. for more than a single boxing world champion title
FLINT – Claressa Shields will fight for more than just the undisputed women’s super welterweight boxing championship when she steps into the ring at Flint’s There Financial Center on March 5.
The three-division world champion will also look to raise the profile of women’s boxing as she continues to campaign for her hometown of Flint.
Shields (10-0-0, 2 KOs) will fight the Canadian Marie-Eve Dicaire (17-0-0, 0 KOs) in the main event on a card that shows all fighters and the first pay-per card for Women is going to be event in the United States in two decades. It will be available on FITE.tv for $ 29.99.
The fight will be the first time Shields has fought as a professional in Flint.
“I’m very excited to be fighting on Flint Michigan soil because of what Flint Michigan is going through,” Shields said Thursday during a Zoom conference with reporters in the US and Canada. “As always, I’ll be rocking my blue braids to portray Flint’s water crisis and let the world know that Flint still lacks clean water and it was almost seven years ago.
“I love being an advocate for my hometown and being able to enable the young kids to come visit me in person and know that Flint’s kids can be pay-per-view stars, they can be successful, them can be superstars ”and superheroes. I’m super excited about that.
“It’s like a fight for Flint, of course, and for me to be a lawyer for Flint. But then only to be the woman who takes this huge risk with pay-per-view. We’re not just fighting to steal each other’s belts. I fight to make history. We are fighting to improve women’s boxing overall. It’s a completely different fight. “
Shields’s last six fights were broadcast on Showtime. She claims the network promised to get her back in the ring last fall, but nothing happened. One reason she was inactive was because of the COVID-19 outbreak, but when other fighting took place, she became frustrated.
Last week she criticized Showtime and other networks for stopping doing boxing for women.
So Shields and promoter Dmitriy Salita decided to do it themselves, staging their own card on pay-per-view to raise the profile of women’s boxing and get Shields back in the ring for the first time in nearly 14 months.
“It’s a big risk,” she admitted. “I know I train to win, but if you talk about pay per view buying, this is our first pay per view show for women boxing in 20 years. This is not something we have done and we expect to receive “that many” numbers. We don’t know what to expect when it comes to numbers.
“I know it’s going to be one hell of a fight. People who love boxing will enjoy this fight. That’s what I’m going to focus on. Myself and my team just said it is time to leave our beliefs, take risks and show the world that women’s boxing is there and that we are not waiting for the opportunity to fight another world champion. We won’t wait for another network to give us the opportunity.
“I feel like this is the fight to fight and I think this has given other girls in the US hope that they won’t have to wait for the broadcasters to give them big fights, and them televised. They can use their own pay-per-view and tune in to their fans. That will predict how much they will get paid. Women in boxing don’t earn much anyway.
“They give us all these excuses about why but now when we get the pay per view numbers they can’t tell how much we’re worth and how much we’re not worth because the numbers are going to be there around to tell them. I hope to grow out of this pay per view and have a second, third and fourth and just watch the numbers grow. “
Shields became the face of women’s boxing after becoming the first American, male or female, to win consecutive Olympic boxing gold medals in 2012 and 2016.
She has won nine world championship belts – including the undisputed middleweight title – and earned $ 300,000 for her last fight against Ivana Habazin on January 10, 2020.
But that is a pathetic sum compared to what many men’s world champions receive for the fight. And that’s another thing that she wants to change. Shields wants men and women to be paid equal.
“The men come in the ring and fight and look like shit and get another opportunity,” said Shields 25. “We women have to make sure that we bring our A-game with us and are ready for every fight.
“I’m really excited to have this big fight in Flint and just show my skills against another undefeated fighter and world champion.”
Shields channeled her inner Muhammad Ali when asked for a prediction.
“It’s pay-per-view live and it goes down in five,” Shields said.
Tickets are available at the cash desk of the financial center there and online at the arena website. They cost $ 150, $ 225, and $ 300, but they go fast. They went on sale on Thursday afternoon and by 2 p.m. about half of the 194 available tickets had already been sold.
The number of participants is limited due to the COVID precautions.
The fight will take place in Arena II and all seats are on the ground floor.