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Claressa Shields bout in Flint off after struggle at weigh-in

Claressa Shields’ long-awaited struggle in her hometown was referred to as off after her opponent’s coach was injured in an altercation earlier than the weigh-in.

Shields was presupposed to struggle Ivana Habazin of Croatia on Saturday night time, however the bout was referred to as off after Habazin’s coach James Ali Bashir was struck and was hospitalized on Friday. Salita Promotions stated the rest of the occasion would go on as scheduled, and Showtime would televise a two-fight card.

It was presupposed to be Shields’ first professional struggle in her hometown of Flint. The 2-time Olympic champion has gained titles on the tremendous middleweight stage, and she or he unified the middleweight belts with a victory over beforehand unbeaten Christina Hammer in April. She took this struggle at 154 kilos, making an attempt to change into a three-division champion.

“I needed to lose a variety of weight for this struggle, as a result of I cleaned out the division at 160,” Shields (9-0) stated earlier this week. “Each time I clear out the division, any individual else making an attempt to inform me I am not the best lady of all-time. I like after they say that as a result of, I would like you to come back present me I am not the best lady of all-time.”

Habazin (20-3) was presupposed to make her U.S. debut, however that will not be occurring this weekend.

The Shields-Habazin struggle was initially scheduled for Aug. 17, however it needed to be postponed due to an damage to Shields.

The Showtime telecast will embody heavyweight Jermaine Franklin (19-0) of Saginaw, Michigan, in opposition to Pavel Bitter (11-1) of the Czech Republic; and welterweight Jaron Ennis (23-0) of Philadelphia in opposition to Demian Daniel Fernandez (12-1) of Argentina.

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Comply with Noah Trister at https://twitter.com/noahtrister

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