Claressa Shields' Flint fight cancelled after KO at weigh-in

October 05, 2019, 6:17 AM

Flint's hometown hero Claressa Shields had her hometown fight cancelled Friday, after a violent incident at weigh-ins for the bout. 

Claressa Shields at an earlier fight in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Shields had been set to fight Ivana Habazin Saturday night at Flint's Dort Federal Event Center. But that was upended when an unknown man sucker-punched Habazin's trainer before fleeing the scene. 

The trainer, Bashir Ali, was taken from the arena by medics. 

The Flint Journal reports:

Ali appeared to hit his head on the concrete floor after he was punched and he had to be taken out of the arena on a stretcher before being transported via ambulance to a local hospital.

The other seven bouts scheduled for Saturday will go on as planned, according to a news release from Salita Promotions.

There was no word if the Shields-Habazin bout will be rescheduled.

The fight was to be Shields' first as a pro in her hometown. Ali worked as a trainer at the Kronk gym in Detroit for years. 

ESPN reports

Video from Friday's weigh-in showed Bashir earlier involved in a verbal confrontation with an unidentified person during the weigh-in. It is unknown if the person involved is the same person who later attacked Bashir.

Shields has not commented on the attack. 


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