Shields-Habazin called off after trainer punched

The Associated Press

FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- Claressa Shields' fight against Ivana Habazin on Saturday night has been called off after Habazin's trainer was injured in an altercation before the weigh-in.

Salita Promotions says the remainder of the event will go on as scheduled, and Showtime will televise a two-fight card.

Habazin's trainer was hospitalized after getting punched before the weigh-in Friday. James Ali Bashir was hit, fell and struck his head on the Dort Federal Event Center floor. Habazin, of Croatia, was to face Shields on Saturday.

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The Associated Press was unable to reach Flint police for comment.

Showtime will televise the following fights from Flint: heavyweight Jermaine Franklin (19-0) of Saginaw, Michigan, against Pavel Sour (11-1) of the Czech Republic; and welterweight Jaron Ennis (23-0) of Philadelphia against Demian Daniel Fernandez (12-1) of Argentina.

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