Now that they’ve finally weighed in for their 154-pound title unification fight, Claressa Shields cannot wait to prove that there is a whole lot more than one pound that separates her from Marie-Eve Dicaire.
The 25-year-old Shields stepped on the Michigan Unarmed Combat Commission’s scale at 153.6 pounds Thursday in Flint, Michigan, Shields’ hometown. The 34-year-old Dicaire, of Saint-Eustache, Quebec, officially weighed 152.6 pounds.
Shields – who is widely recognized as the best fighter, pound-for-pound, in women’s boxing – and Dicaire will fight Friday night in the main event of a four-bout pay-per-view show at Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center in Flint.
The card can be purchased for $29.99 by visiting www.FITE.tv or through most major cable and satellite providers. The pay-per-view portion of the seven-fight card is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. EST.
Shields (10-0, 2 KOs), a three-weight world champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist, and Dicaire (17-0, 0 KOs) will fight for Shields’ WBC and WBO, Dicaire’s IBF and the vacant WBA “super” 154-pound championships.
Dicaire and Shields were scheduled to fight last May 9 at the same venue. That card was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A COVID-restricted crowd of approximately 250 is expected to attend the Shields-Dicaire card.
The official weights for the first three fights on the pay-per-view card Friday night are listed below.
Danielle Perkins (2-0, 1 KO), Houston, 196.8 pounds vs. Monika Harrison (2-1-1, 1 KO), Waycross, Georgia, 202.8 pounds, 8 rounds, heavyweights.
Marlen Esparza (8-1, 1 KO), Houston, 117.4 pounds vs. Shelly Barnett (4-3-2, 0 KOs), Toronto, 119 pounds, 6 rounds, bantamweights.
Jamie Mitchell (5-0-2, 3 KOs), Pacific Grove, California, 120 pounds vs. Noemi Bosques (12-15-3, 2 KOs), St. Petersburg, Florida, 119.6 pounds, 6 rounds, junior featherweights.
EDITOR’S NOTE: An 8-round middleweight bout between Logan Holler (9-0-1, 3 KOs), of Columbia, South Carolina, and Schemelle Baldwin (3-1-2, 2 KOs), of Newark, Delaware, was canceled at the weigh-in Thursday because Baldwin was not cleared medically to fight Friday night.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.