Claressa Shields vs. Marie-Eve Dicaire
Final Press Conference Quotes
The final press conference was held today for Friday’s
(March 5, 2021) “SUPERWOMEN: SHIELDS VS. DICAIRE”
pay-per-view boxing event, featuring the 10-round 154-pound
unification showdown between undefeated three-division and
current WBC/WBO Super Welterweight World champion Claressa
Shields and also unbeaten IBF Super Welterweight World
Champion Marie-Eve Dicaire from the Dort Financial Center in
The historic all-women’s boxing event will be livestreamed
at 9pm EST | 8pm CST | 6pm PST on FITE.TV and VIVE NETWORK
and distributed by InDemand through their existing cable,
satellite, and telco providers for just $29.95.
Shields and Dicaire were joined on the press conference
stage by event and Shields promoter, Dmitriy Salita, and
Dicaire’s promoter Yvon Michel. Here is what they all had to
I want to thank all my fans who bought the pay-per-view.
This a huge moment for me an Marie-Eve Dicaire. I’ve never
been off boxing for 13 months ad I’ve never wanted to get
back in the ring so much. Training is ok and sparring is
cool, but I don’t have the same intensity that I have when
it comes to the fight and the belts are on the line and I’m
fighting against a whole other country.
To be honest, some of my hardest fights in the amateurs came
from girls that were from Canada, even though I was very
victorious in those fights. 77-1 in the amateurs. Canada has
a strong background in boxing. I’m excited to be in the ring
with someone like Marie-Eve Dicaire, who I feel wants to win
as much a me and can accept how big this moment is.
Everybody is in for a good fight and this is just a great
Thank you to all my friends and fans who reached out to me.
I don’t box for a hobby. It’s not a hobby. It’s my career
and I feel like people underestimate me when I speak about
how great I am. But if I didn’t say how great I am, no one
in this room would have ever called me great because they
just don’t recognize it. Only the greats know that they’re
Like Muhammad Ali. Nobody called him the greatest of all
time. They actually called him the ‘Louisville Lip’ because
he talked too much. If he had never said he was the greatest
of all time, he would have never been considered the
greatest of all time. No matter what boxer comes along,
nobody can get in front of Muhammad Ali. That’s how I feel
Muhammad Ali is the greatest of all time and Claressa
Shields is second. I am the greatest woman of all time and
98% of men in the world can’t beat me.
I want you to know I’m not taking prisoners. This is a new
era for me. My name from now on is Claressa “The Wolf”
Shields. T-Rex has long gone. T-Rex was aggressive, but the
greatest of all time has so much more. She possesses poise,
power and punch placement.
I saw in an interview she said she’s not worried about the
outcome, she’s worried about the task. Well, I’m worried
about the outcome. I’ve known what the task is for the last
13 months. I’m concerned about the outcome because I don’t
like losing. When I lost my first fight when I was 17, I
didn’t sleep again until I was 21 when I won my second
Olympics. That’s how personally I take this fight. I’m
hoping she can bring out a different side of me because a
lot of girls haven’t been able to take me to level three.
I’m hoping she can take me to level 10.
Honestly, I don’t know with the context we are in right now
with the world, if it’s a good thing to be contagious, but
I’ll take it as a compliment.
I’m happy and thrilled to here. Like Dmitriy and Yvon said
before, it’s been a hell of a year, a year of postponement
and disappointment but now it’s finally on. I’m here and I’m
enjoying every moment of this adventure. When I became a
world champion, I was like is that it? Is there something
more? This is when I started focusing on being an undisputed
Facing Claressa Shields is, for me, the opportunity of a
lifetime. I worked all my life to get here. My work, my
sweat and my blood got me here, so for sure I’m going to be
100% in the ring. I’m looking forward to Friday.
We specifically, scheduled this event for March 5, on the
weekend of international women’s day, so that the best
female fight of the year happens at an appropriate time that
highlights the work of incredible women around the world.
This fight won’t only be broadcast in the United States.
It’ll also be seen in China, Argentina, Panama, Canada, in
Africa, Poland, Russia, The Philippines, and several other
This event has been a year in the making. Literally a year
ago, we were first supposed to have a press conference to
announce this fight and then the pandemic came. The initial
date of May 9 was cancelled. Shortly thereafter, we tried to
reschedule the fight several times to no fruition. Then in
December we decided the best way to do this fight was to do
it ourselves on pay-per-view.
Marie-Eve Dicaire could have said no and not taken this
fight, but she is a real world champion.
Claressa Shields vs. Marie-Eve Dicaire is truly one of the
biggest fights of the year.
Claressa is not only known as ‘The GWOAT’ because she’s the
only two-time medalist from the United States. She’s not
only known as ‘The GWOAT’ because she’s a multi-time amateur
champion, multi-time amateur world champion, multi-time
professional world champion, or because she’s the fastest
man or woman in the sport to become a three-division
champion. She is the GWOAT because she uses her talent of
boxing as a tool to grapple with social issues of
significance. Claressa understands that her talent is God’s
gift, and she is using it in every way possible to push
forward important issues in our culture like equality,
women’s empowerment and to take the sports world to new
level. That’s what March 5 is about.
If Marie is contagious, I want to remind you that they just
announced a one-shot vaccine, and her name is Claressa
I can’t believe how thrilled we are to be here today. Thank
you to everyone involved.
Thank you to Dmitriy Salita and Mark Taffet. It has been
very difficult we know. You had to have a lot of
determination to put on this historic event and we have a
lot of respect and admiration for you.
We have a lot of respect and admiration for Claressa Shields
also, she did everything she had to do to have this event to
be a special one for women. One day the women’s fights will
be equal to any men’s fight because the quality of the
athletes is nothing to be ashamed of compared to men.
I want to apologize for my strong French accent, but I can’t
deny my roots and I’m proud of it. I think Claressa probably
misunderstood me the other day when I spoke about Roy Jones
Jr. I didn’t mean to compared Marie-Eve to Roy Jones’ skill
or athleticism or what she has done. My comparison was about
her commitment; her dedication and her desire to get better
You will find about Marie-Eve Dicaire… I was trying to find
the words to describe Marie-Eve and I know she’s quick and
dedicated and strong. But the best word I found… and forgive
me… but she’s contagious. She beautifies everything she
touches. She has enthusiasm for everybody who works with
her. She can convince the most skeptical to her cause. And
in the ring, she can persuade. She always convinces her
opponents that she’s the best of the group. Be careful,
Claressa, when she touches you in the ring. She’s very
The night’s co-main event will feature undefeated former
amateur world champion Danielle Perkins (2-0, 1 KO) of
Houston, Texas, fighting an eight-round rematch to her
exciting non-stop slugfest with Waycross, Georgia’s Monika
“Lay Em Down” Harrison (2-1, 1 KO) for the WBC Silver
Also appearing on the broadcast will be women’s star, former
amateur world champion and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist
Marlen Esparza (8-1, 1 KO) of Houston returning to action
against Canadian veteran Shelly Barnett (3-1-2, 2 KO) in a
six-round bantamweight special attraction, and in the
broadcast opener, undefeated bantamweight Jamie “The
Miracle” Mitchell (5-0-2, 3 KO) of Pacific Grove,
California, will look to continue her climb up the 118-pound
rankings against tough Florida-based veteran Noemi “La
Rebelde / No-No” Bosques (12-15-3, 2 KO) over six rounds.
SUPERWOMEN: SHIELDS VS. DICAIRE is dedicated to this year’s
International Women’s Day (Monday, March 8, 2021) and
presented by Salita Promotions in association with Groupe