Many people remember how scandalous the weigh-in before the World Championship title match between Claressa Shields (9-0; 2 KOs) and Ivana Habazin (20-3; 7 KOs) last October. Shields’ sister and Habazin’s coach James Ali Bashir quarreled, and the old triner was beaten from behind by Shileds’ brother, who has since been arrested. Bashir was immediately hospitalized and had to undergo surgery. And of course the match was missed, which they want to make up for at Atlantic City this weekend. After the incident, the two ladies were sendig trash messages to each other and they want to finish this in the ring.
Shields was very angry with his Croatian opponent for playing the role of the “sacrificial lamb” and deliberately trying to criminalize her, even though she had done nothing. She regrets what happened to the coach, but it wasn’t her fault. She promises that she will defeat Habazin, and will knock out her. In her view, even though his opponent was already a world champion in two weight classes, she was not at all an outstanding talent, indeed. She thinks she is better at everything. In fact, Shields boasts unique results, even listing many of the achievements she has made in recent years.
Shields, a two-time Olympic gold medalist world champion in two different division and an undisputed in middleweight. She wants to break Vasyl Lomachenko’s record. If she defeats Ivana Habazin not only to win the WBC and WBO super welterweight titles, but in just 10 professional fights she can be a World Champion in three different weight class. Shields says she will prove that women are capable and even more capable than men if they are determined and courageous enough. Lomachenko and she both have two Olympic gold medals, Loma became a world champion in three weight classes in 12 fights, and she can succeed this in 10 fights. Moreover, she is the undisputed champion in middleweight, the Ukrainian has not yet succeeded. She wants to write history and she thinks can do it, and even thought about trying herself in MMA.