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Shields vs Habazin in jeopardy after Habazin’s trainer sent to hospital following attack at weigh-in

Tomorrow night’s Showtime main event is currently up in the air.

Claressa Shields v Ivana Habazin - Media Workout Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Saturday night’s Showtime main event between Claressa Shields and Ivana Habazin is reportedly in jeopardy after an incident at today’s weigh-in.

Habazin’s trainer Bashir Ali was allegedly “sucker-punched” in the back of the head at the weigh-in, and was knocked unconscious, being sent to the hospital.

Here’s more from the scene, prior to the incident. You can see Ali in an argument with Shields and members of Shields’ team:

Jonathan Deutsch also got some words from Mark Taffet, Shields’ manager:

“Right now I am on my way to the hospital to visit Ivana Habazin and her team and her trainer. I want to make sure they’re OK,” Taffet said. “We want to make sure they get the best proper treatment. And it’s unfair to assess or address anything until we make sure first that her trainer’s fine and that she’s calm and comfortable. After that, we’ll then address the situation.”

Taffet also talked about where Shields is at mentally at the moment.

“Claressa’s in a great place right now,” he said. “Her weight’s great, her mind’s in position. She’s upset that here in Flint there’s anything that might take all the good energy out of the room, but she’s a pro and she knows that she’ll be weighing in later on today. As long as we make sure that Ivana’s trainer is OK and Ivana’s in a good frame of mind, we’ll expect the weigh-in to take place later and look forward to going forward.”

Taffet’s comments are what you’d expect of the manager of Claressa Shields in this situation, and obviously he’ll be hoping that, y’know, Habazin doesn’t decide to pull out of this fight, which she’d probably have every right to do.

There are a lot of potential outcomes here, so we’ll keep you updated on the fate of this event.

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