News | Oct 05 2019

Shields vs. Habazin is called off after trainer is sucker punched

The women's WBC junior-middleweight title fight between Claressa Shields and Ivana Habazin is cancelled after Habazin's trainer is punched at weigh-in
Shields-Habazin weigh in
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CLARESSA SHIELDS’ long-awaited fight in her hometown of Flint, Michigan, has been called off after James Ali Bashir, her opponent’s trainer, was knocked out during the pre-fight weigh-in.

Unbeaten American Shields, 24, was set to face Croatian boxer Ivana Habazin, 29, tonight (October 5) with the vacant WBC women’s junior-middleweight world title up for grabs. However, the reprehensible actions of somebody connected to Shields’ team has unfortunately led to the fight being scuppered.

Bashir, a veteran of the sport, was seen arguing with an unidentified person after the two fighters had been on the scales in Flint. He was then later sucker-punched by the individual and left with a badly damaged face.