Claressa Shields: Simply The Best

    Claressa “T-Rex” Shields proved that she is the Greatest Woman (Boxer) of All Time last night with a complete outclassing of Marie-Eve Dicaire last night.

    Shields (11-0, 2 KOs) made history Friday night in her women’s 154-pound title unification fight in her hometown of Flint, Michigan.

    She retained her WBC and WBO 154-pound crowns, while adding to her hardware collection by taking the IBF belt from Dicaire (17-1, 0 KOs) and winning the vacant WBA “super” title.

    All three judges scored the 10 rounds for the Shields, winning by a score of 100-90 in the main event of an all-women’s pay-per-view card at Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center.

    It was only the second pay-per-view headlined by women in the history of the sport. The first was Laila Ali vs. Jacqui Frazier-Lyde back in 2001.

    Shields is now the first fighter, male or female, to become an undisputed champion in two divisions (middleweight and light middleweight) during boxing’s four-belt era.

    “[The scores were] 90-100, I can’t be mad about it,” Shields said during her post-fight interview. “But, you know, she just kept head-butting me and elbowing me. And I was trying to get the knockout.

    “That’s really what I wanted, and I almost had it a couple times. But, you know, we got two minutes and then we got the ref breaking up the fight for 30 seconds when she’s holding and f&#@ing elbowing me and stuff.”

    Shields is also the only two-time Olympic gold medalist for Team USA. She formerly defeated Germany’s Christina Hammer (26-1, 12 KOs, 1 NC) in April 2019 to become undisputed middleweight champion on SHOWTIME. The fight remains her highest profile bout to date.

    Shields is also the recipient of a 2017 award from The Shadow League.

    “I’m happy, but I still wanted the KO, and I just didn’t have enough time. But at the end of the day, I am the new undisputed champion at 154, the first boxer to do it in history – undisputed twice.

    “And I did it here in Flint, Michigan, so to all the people in Flint, I love y’all. Thank y’all for coming. Everybody who ordered the pay-per-view, thank you so much. Hopefully, I didn’t disappoint. I don’t think I did.”

    Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.