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Andrews: Claressa Shields explains it all on how to be great

MMA debut is around the corner

Claressa Shields achieved yet another historic boxing moment Friday when she defeated Marie-Eve Dicaire to become twice undisputed at light middleweight and middleweight.

Shields (11-0-0, 2 KOs) piled up the points on Dicaire, winning all 10 rounds on the judges scorecards to take a comfortable 100-90, 100-90, and 100-90 unanimous decision in her hometown of Flint, Michigan.

The combat sports community has taken note of her accomplishment and for good reason. Comparatively, not much is going on with her male counterparts.

And let’s not forget the Crazy Canuck Dicaire (17-1-0, KOs), who had the guts to test herself and put her belts on the line.

This fight advanced the sport of boxing, particularly when we have:

  • WBA (Super) middleweight champion, WBC middleweight champion, The Ring middleweight champion, Canelo Alvarez, who set up a badly mismatched bout with Avni Yildirim
  • IBF lightweight champion, WBO lightweight, WBA Super lightweight champion, Teofimo Lopez, who thinks he is undisputed at lightweight by beating Vasyl Lomachenko, despite not defeating or wanting to fight Devin Haney for his WBC lightweight strap.
  • WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford, who has recently washed his hands of an anticipated bout with Errol Spence Jr.
  • WBC interim lightweight champion Ryan Garcia, who doesn’t seem to be interested in challenging Devin Haney to unify the WBC lightweight belt and is claiming to fights signed with fighters, only to walk them back

I could go on, but you get the idea.

Meanwhile, Shields will be moving on to include the cage, with her debut with the PFL scheduled for this summer.

We can all learn from Claressa’s journey to twice undisputed.

Be great.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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