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    Claressa Shields’ brother charged in assault on 68-year-old coach at weigh-in

    Oct 17, 2019
    Ivana Habazin's trainer Bashir Ali (right) trash talks with members of Claressa Shields' entourage during a weigh-in on Oct. 4, 2019 in Flint, Michigan. Ali was later punched by a man and fell to the ground bloodied.
    PHOTO: AP

    FLINT, Michigan — A prosecutor has filed an assault charge against the brother of boxer Claressa Shields in connection with an attack on the trainer for Ivana Habazin before the weigh-in for their fight.

    Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton issued a statement on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time) saying 28-year-old Artis J. Mack of Flint has been charged with one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder in the Oct. 4 attack on 68-year-old James Ali Bashir.

    Bashir was hospitalized after getting punched, falling and striking his head on the floor before the weigh-in. The Oct. 5 fight was cancelled.

    Mack's attorney, Frank Manley, issued a statement saying "a video shows inflammatory rhetoric leading up to the incident that may provide context to the alleged assault."

    Shields said in a Facebook post after the altercation that "despite the videos that are out, the actions that took place against Coach Ali was not right. I do not stand for that and do not in any way justify what happened no matter what he said!"

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    Ivana Habazin's trainer Bashir Ali (right) trash talks with members of Claressa Shields' entourage during a weigh-in on Oct. 4, 2019 in Flint, Michigan. Ali was later punched by a man and fell to the ground bloodied.
    PHOTO: AP
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