Habazin Says One of Shields’ Team Attacked Her Trainer
Ivana Habazin has released a statement in the aftermath of her trainer being attacked, and she claims the assailant was someone from the camp of Claressa Shields.
Shields and Habazin were scheduled to face off in a WBO/WBC junior middleweight title fight, but the bout was called off yesterday after Habazin’s trainer, James Ali Bashir, was sucker-punched out cold and taken to a hospital, where he needed emergency surgery for facial injuries.
— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) August 14, 2019
At this stage @SHOsports will still have a fight tomorrow but it will not feature #ShieldsHabazin as Habazin’s trainer is heading for Detroit for facial surgery following his attack. Ennis v Fernandez & Franklin v Sour will headline.
— Jimmy Lennon Jr (@TheClassyJr) October 4, 2019
Police have a suspect in custody but have not yet released information on the person’s profile.
Prior to the attack, Bashir and a member of Shields’ family, reportedly Shields’ sister, got into a verbal confrontation.
Habazin released a statement where she attacked Shields and her team for a lack of professionalism and class in the attack’s aftermath, and she further accused Shields and her team, claiming one of them was behind the attack.
Read the full statement from Habazin below:
With deep regret my trainer James Ali Bashir was punched in the back of his neck by someone in Shields entourage. Bashir was taken to a local hospital and has now been moved to Henry Ford Hospital because delicate facial reconstruction surgery must be performed. I want to say that security was nowhere to be found. Club shows are run better than this organization,” Habazin said in a statement to BoxingScene.com.
Clarissa has a big mouth and the people around her like Clarissa are always looking for trouble. Clarissa and her team are classless. During the pre weigh-in my coach wanted to look at Clarissa’s weight and her sister and Bashir exchanged words. Her family and friends should have never been allowed on the stage.
As we were leaving the area, someone from her camp attacked my coach and sucker punched him. Bashir hit the floor face first and was bleeding and unconscious. The attacker quickly ran out of the building. Right now it’s about 10 PM and I’m in still in the hospital. My immediate concern is to look after the well being of my coach. I think most people with a heart would do the same.
We have been receiving threats and people are saying I am scared to fight because Clarissa is going to beat my ass. We don’t feel safe here. To Clarissa I have this message for you. You can run your filthy mouth all you want. When my trainer recovers it will be just you and me in the ring. I want to see how tough you are when the thugs you hang out with aren’t there to help you. You’re going to find out just how scared I am of a classless fighter like you. Our day will come Clarissa!
Original Story: Boxing Scene