Claressa Shields’ long-awaited fight in her hometown of Flint, Michigan, has been called off after her opponent’s trainer was injured in an altercation before the weigh-in.
Shields was supposed to fight Ivana Habazin of Croatia on Saturday night, but that bout was called off by the WBC after Habazin’s trainer, James Ali Bashir, was hospitalised after Friday’s incident.
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“The WBC strongly condemns any act of violence in any event related to our sport, and specially the horrible attack which took place in an official activity surrounding this event,” the body said.
“The WBC is certain that the corresponding authorities will apply the full extent to the law to this regrettable incident,” it added.”
Bashir was seen arguing with an unidentified person after the two fighters had been on the scales at the pre-fight event in Flint.
It was supposed to be Shields’ first pro fight in her hometown.
The two-time Olympic champion has won titles at the super middleweight level, and she unified the middleweight belts with a victory over previously unbeaten Christina Hammer in April.