Claressa Shields and Ivana Habazin are now scheduled to meet in the ring for the third time on Jan. 10 at the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The pair were first scheduled to meet in August in Flint, Michigan– Shields’ hometown– however, a dislocated knee forced Claressa to withdraw from the fight.
They were then rescheduled for October, also in Flint, but the day before the fight at weigh-ins, Habazin’s 68-year-old trainer was assaulted and hospitalized. Shields’ brother, 28-year-old Artis Mack, was later arrested and charged with one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.
Shields (9-0, 2 KOs), a two-time Olympic gold medalist, will be moving down to 154-pounds in attempt to capture a world title in a third division.
A former welterweight world titleholder who hails from Croatia, Habazin (20-3, 7 KOs), rides a five-fight win streak into what will be her first fight in the United States.
Source: Dan Rafael, ESPN