Habazin’s Trainer Makes Emergency Return To Hospital

Three days after a vicious sucker punch at a weigh-in James Ali Bashir, Ivana Habazin’s trainer, was rushed back to the hospital due to a brain bleed.

Bashir was attacked from behind prior to his fighter taking the scale, for a scheduled world title fight with Claressa Shields last week in Flint, Michigan.

The attack, allegedly done by Shields’ brother, sent Bashir to the ground and bleeding from his head, forcing the Showtime featured fight card to be postponed.

While the Police are leading an investigation into the assault, but the Michigan Unarmed Combat Commission has not handed down the punishment on Shields, as they believe no one in her fight team was the culprits in the attack.

“At this point in time, there will be no sanctions or other punitive recourse as the assailant was a member of the ‘public at large’ and not a member of a fighter’s team,” Jeff Styers, the MCUU chairman, said in an email to MLive-The Flint Journal.

“This case is being handled by law enforcement and the commission does not have jurisdiction. Like any incident, if we are presented with further information that would warrant a complaint, the commission will act accordingly.”

“It is unfortunate that an incident such as this took place at the weigh-in of a championship fight. There is no room in our sport for acts such as this. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Bashir for a quick and full recovery which is our chief concern right now.”



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