The Claressa Shields vs. Ivana Habazin WBO and WBC 154-pound world title fight has been called off following an altercation prior to Fridayâ€™s official weigh-in that resulted in an injury to Habazinâ€™s trainer, James Ali Bashir. Without her chief second available for Saturday night, Habazin withdrew from the fight.
The remainder of the event, featuring as many as seven bouts promoted by Salita Promotions will proceed as scheduled from the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center in Flint.
SHOWTIME will televise a two-fight card featuring undefeated welterweight prospect Jaron Ennis of Philadelphia taking on Argentinaâ€™s Demian Daniel Fernandez in a 10-round 147-pound bout. In the telecast opener, unbeaten heavyweight prospect Jermaine Franklin of Saginaw, Mich., will face once-beaten Pavel Ĺ our in a 10-round heavyweight bout. SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION airs live as planned at 9p ET/6p PT.
Ennis (23-0, 21 KOs) weighed in at 146.2 pounds and Fernandez (12-1, 5 KOs) at 146.6 pounds. Franklin weighed in at 231.4 pounds and Ĺ our at 238 pounds.
Still scheduled for action off-TV is the â€śAll Detroitâ€ť 10-round showdown between West Detroitâ€™s WBO No. 13-rated super flyweight Jarico â€śGreat Lakes Kingâ€ť O’Quinn (12-0-1, 8 KOs) and East Detroitâ€™s James â€śO.G.â€ť Smith (13-2, 7 KOs), as well as Scotlandâ€™s Hannah Rankin (7-3, 1 KO) taking on California-based veteran Erin Toughill (7-5-1) in a six-round showcase.
Also fighting will be Flint, Mich., cruiserweight Robert Simms (9-3, 3 KOs) going into a six-round battle against Demetrius Banks of Detroit (10-8-1, 5 KOs); undefeated Kazakhstani heavyweight Izim Izbaki (2-0, 1 KO) facing Mount Morris, Michiganâ€™s Troy Albring over four rounds; and undefeated welterweight Jacob Bonas (3-0-1, 2 KOs), one of the last of the young fighters trained by the late, great Emanuel Steward, taking on Indianaâ€™s Norfleet Stitts in a four-rounder.
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