Shields vs Habazin Cancelled After Trainer Punched at Weigh-in

Habazin’s trainer was hospitalised and required facial surgery following the incident.


Boxing's hotly anticipated WBO junior middleweight title fight between Claressa Shields and Ivana Habazin was cancelled after Habazin’s trainer James Ali Bashir was sucker-punched at the weigh-in.

Bashir was hospitalised, requiring facial surgery, and Habazin called the fight off, a decision backed by Shields.

"I stand with Coach Ali and Ivana Habazin and I also understand their stance on our fight." said the two-time Olympic gold medalist.

Habazin’s trainer has since been taken to hospital a second time due to a bleed on the brain.

"Yesterday, my coach James Ali Bashir was called by Detroit hospital’s personnel. He was told that he needs to go to the nearest hospital ASAP because he has bleeding in his brain! My prayers are with him."" said Habazin, who has held middleweight and welterweight titles.