Women's boxing will once again be in the spotlight when Natasha Jonas looks to add to her collection of world titles when she faces Marie Eve Dicaire in November.
Jonas enjoyed a decorated career as an amateur, winning medals at the 2012 World Championships and the 2011 and 2014 European Championships. She is now trying to add as many world titles to her CV, starting with her next fight against Dicaire.
Jonas and Canada's Dicaire will meet on Saturday, 12th November 2022. The pair are headlining BOXXER's latest card, which will also feature some of Britain's up-and-coming stars.
Jonas' fight with Dicaire will take place at Manchester's AO Arena, which is well known for its ability to host memorable boxing cards.
Sky Sports will broadcast the entire card, with several other British names set to return to the ring in Manchester in front of the TV cameras.
Jonas has been listed as the 1/4 favourite for the fight in November, while Dicaire is considered an outsider at .
Even though she is two years younger than Jonas, Diciare has entered the ring on 19 occasions, four more times than her British opponent. Dicaire has previously fought for a world title, losing to Clarissa Shields in March 2021.
The southpaw has never fought outside Canada or America, though, and with Jonas fighting near her home city of Liverpool, it is understandable why she is so short in the market.
Jonas and Dicaire will headline a full BOXXER show, with the Liverpool fighter aiming to add the IBF super-welterweight crown to her WBC and WBO titles. Former Team GB boxer Dalton Smith returns to the ring to face fellow super-lightweight Kaisee Benjamin for the British title.
Smith won the vacant British title last month, but Benjamin has 16 wins from 18 contests and will have confidence he can record the upset. Heavyweight Frazer Clarke will continue his professional career as he faces journeyman Kamil Sokolowski in his fourth contest. Manchester middleweight Bradley Rea is also set to fight on the undercard, with the local prospect taking on Tyler Denny.
Since turning professional in 2017, Jonas has won 12 fights, lost two and drawn another. The Liverpool southpaw lost her first fight to Viviane Obenauf in August 2018 before then enjoying a three-fight winning streak.
That earned her a world title shot against Terri Harper, but the officials called the fight a split-decision draw. She was then beaten by Katie Taylor at the AO Arena, but three wins on the spin followed. Jonas won the WBO title after stepping up in weight to beat Chris Numus, while Patricia Berghult was no match for her in September.
Dicaire's career started in 2015, and she racked up 17 consecutive victories before earning her shot at a world title. While still relatively unknown on the world scene, Dicaire travelled to Flint, Michigan, to take on pound-for-pound star Shields.
The American prevailed via unanimous decision, but Dicaire got her career back on track in December 2021 when she recorded her first stoppage victory against Cynthia Lozano. That win allowed her to win the IBF super welterweight title, which was vacant, and it will now be up to Jonas to bring her back down to earth.