Advertisement: IBO Boxing

Shields vs. Habazin: Felony Assault Charge Issued Over Attack

According to Detroit News, 28-year-old Artis Mack is now facing a felony charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, and is accused by local authorities in Michigan of punching veteran trainer James Ali Bashir, 68-years-old.

On October 4th, the official weigh-in was scheduled to take place for the world title fight between Claressa Shields and Ivana Habazin in Flint, Michigan. 

Before both women were able to step on the scale, a verbal altercation took place between Shields' sister and Bashir, who trains Habazin.

shields-habazin (5)

Bashir was later sucker-punched and knocked unconscious, allegedly by Mack.

The fight was canceled when Habazin withdrew, as she went with Bashir to a local Detroit hospital. The trainer underwent surgery for facial injuries. Their title fight is expected to be rescheduled on Showtime, at a later date.

According to Prosecutor David Leyton, Flint police say Mack was spotted fleeing the scene on foot by an officer, who noticed he matched the suspect's description.

"The officer followed Mack into a nearby neighborhood and an arrest was made," Leyton's statement said.

Some outlets have listed Mack as the brother of Shields, but neither local police or the prosecutor's office have officially claimed him as such.

Shields took to social media in the aftermath and called the attack "inexcusable."

“I do not stand for that and do not in any way justify what happened no matter what he said! I stand with Coach Ali and Ivana Habazin and I also understand their stand on our fight," Shields stated.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Shadoww702 on 10-16-2019

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;20127364]Well they got different last names & Ive been following Shields since about 20 bouts into her amateur career & I dont recall this b^tch made mfer ever being mentioned so who knows. I suspect hes a half bro…

Comment by Shadoww702 on 10-16-2019

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;20127105]This like a mfer. I get folks mad about the incident going down at all, but for the life of me I dont get how folks are connecting the dots to f#cking Shields of all people. To me this…

Comment by slimPickings on 10-16-2019

[QUOTE=sidefx996;20127509]I see what you're saying but actually the shoe fits. She IS. You know you want to like her. Young kid, 2X gold medalist... She was training near me at a local gym. They were letting her train for FREE.…

Comment by sidefx996 on 10-16-2019

[QUOTE=slimPickings;20126852]For someone who did not commit the act Shields has a lot of invective coming her way. Like her or hate her, she is NOT the villain. Even if it was a member of her crew. She is not exactly…

Comment by D4thincarnation on 10-16-2019

Shields and the promoter need to be punished for this.

Top Headlines
Michael Seals: They Wrote Me Off After TKO Loss To Rodriguez Joe Joyce May Have Warm-Up Bout Before Dubois Bout in April Jarrett Hurd: No Intention of Going To 160, I Want Williams Canelo Alvarez Is The BWAA 2019 Fighter Of The Year Floyd Mayweather Is The BWAA's Fighter Of The Decade Ja'Rico O'Quinn Vows To Make a Statement in ShoBox Clash James-Dulorme For 3rd WBA Welterweight Title 4/11 In Minneapolis Scott Quigg vs. Jono Carroll on March 7 in Manchester Parker's Trainer Expects Usyk To Perform Much Better in Next Time Tyson Fury: "If I Don't Knock Wilder Out, It Doesn't Count!"'s Television Pick of The Week - January 17 Brandun Lee: I Need This Step Up In Competition Peter Kahn - A Boxing Success Story, 25 Years In The Making Jordan Gill Cleared After Health Scare, Hopes To Return In March Brook's Trainer Hopes Khan Clash Finally Happens - For The Fans Nearly 19 Years, 250 Editions Later, 'ShoBox' Still True To Mission Ja'Rico O'Quinn Aims To Impress in TV Debut on Showtime McGregor Very Interested in Pacquiao Clash at Allegiant Stadium Arum Expects To Sign Tony Yoka, Have Him Return in Spring Munguia's Co-Promoter Views Golovkin as The Ideal Opponent Chavez Sr, Jorge Arce - Face To Face at Rematch Presser Eleider Alvarez, Felix Verdejo, Seals Give Back To Kids Shishkin vs. Sierra ShoBox Tripleheader - Weights Wilder Reacts To Fury's Masturbation Talk: Use The Right Lotion! Butler, Pasillas, Akzhigitov Return on March 7, Impact Boxing Series Chris Colbert, Jezreel Corrales - Face-Off at Final Presser Julian Williams, Jeison Rosario - Face-Off at Final Presser Jason Quigley-Oscar Cortes Tops Golden Boy Fight Night, Jan. 23 Kal Yafai vs. Roman Gonzalez Finalized For Garcia-Vargas Card Salas Expects Big Things From Felix Verdejo After Tough Camp Arum: Berchelt-Valdez Fight Is 'Definitely Gonna Happen' Euro News: Lejarraga Update, Real, Rossing, De Carolis, More Keeler: Andrade is Deluded, Has Not Fought Anyone Elite! Eddie Hearn Makes 'Seven-Figure Offer' For Andy Ruiz To Face Dillian Whyte Pulev Backs Claim That Joshua Fight Will Land In Istanbul In May Plant Rallying For Tennessee Titans To Complete Super Bowl Run Team Usyk Explains Dismissive Stance On Chisora Clash Danny Garcia Wants Pacquaio, Spence or Thurman After Redkach Sulaiman: Still A Two-Year WBC Ban For Any Pro Who Participates In Olympics Tyson Fury Asks Okolie, Riakporhe For Sparring Help in Camp
Latest Forum Threads