27 March 2020

Claressa Shields' homecoming title defence against Marie-Eve Dicaire postponed

Undisputed middleweight champion Claressa Shields' fight against Canadian Marie-Eve Dicaire scheduled for May 9 has been postponed.

The bout was due to take place in Flint, Michigan, the home city of the two-time Olympic gold medallist.

But due to the coronavirus pandemic, Shields will now have to wait for the fight to be moved to later in the year.

In a statement, the show's promoter Dmitriy Salita said: “Unfortunately, the real fight is outside the ring right now.

“Once our invisible opponent is beaten, we can get back to watching two undefeated champions and the two best super welterweights in the world vie for the undisputed world title as Claressa Shields continues to build her incredible legacy in female boxing.”

Shields, who has already collected all the belts in the 160 pound division, was bidding to become a two-weight undisputed champion by claiming the IBF super welterweight championship - the only one missing from her 154 pound collection.

Speaking about the postponement, she said: "Refunds are being offered or you can just hold onto your tickets and use them to get into the arena on the rescheduled date once it is announced. The fight is postponed just like everything else due to coronavirus."

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