Tonight Claressa Shields fights Ivana Habazin, and the pre-bout trash talk has been SERIOUS. And not just the trash talk, but the family drama. Forbes reports:
The fight was [originally] scheduled for August 17 in Shields’ hometown of Flint, Michigan, but a knee injury forced a postponement. Subsequently, the fight was rescheduled for Oct. 5.
However, an altercation at the weigh-in between Habazin’s manager James Ali Bashir and Shields’ sister appeared to lead to an attack of the 68-year-old man moments after words were exchanged.
Bashir suffered serious injuries and the fight was called off. Shields’ brother, Artis Mack was arrested for the attack and charged for the crime. As you can imagine, there is bad blood on both sides, and Shields has vowed to KO Habazin by the sixth round.
Catch the action tonight:
- Date: Fri, Jan 10
- Time: 9 p.m. ET
- TV: Showtime
- Live Stream: Showtime App
(It’s likely the fight will also be available via Showtime Sports’ website for free after tonight. We’ll update with info.)
Shields for the win! Full fight below…