“THIS is why we don’t do any events in Flint,” said a police officer shortly after boxing coach James Ali Bashir had been punched and left unconscious by a member of Claressa Shields’ family inside Flint’s Dort Federal Event Center. “Because this is what happens.”
Shields, a world champion born and raised in Flint, Michigan, had been looking forward to her first professional fight in her hometown on Saturday (October 5) against Croatia’s Ivana Habazin. The WBO and WBC light-middleweight titles were on the line, giving her the chance to conquer a third weight class, and everything was set up for the two-time Olympic champion to impress her supporters, friends and family.
But then, at the weigh-in on the Friday (October 4), this same support network let her down and the fight was cancelled.