12 March 2020

Security to be stepped up for Claressa Shields' title fight with Marie-Eve Dicaire in Flint

Claressa Shields' promoter has announced that security will be increased for the three-weight world champion's welterweight bout against Marie-Eve Dicaire in Flint on May 9.

Speaking after the announcement of the fight on Wednesday Dmitriy Salita said he will be taking all necessary precautions to avoid any problems as Shields prepares for her first professional fight in her hometown. 

The steps are being taken after the two-time Olympic champion's fight with Ivana Habazin in October was postponed after Habazin’s trainer, James Ali Bashir, was attacked by Artis Mack shortly before the weigh-in.

“It’s going to be significantly more secure and only selected personnel is going to be allowed” to attend the weigh-in, Salita told MLive

“It’s going to be a great event and we’re not going to let anything stand in the way of it.

“We’re going to have security and police personnel at all functions such as the press conference and weigh-in and the fight. People are going to feel safe and entertained at the time."

“What happened [in October] was an unpredictable incident that hopefully is once in a lifetime," he said.

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