Ivana Habazin took to social media on Thursday in a bid to rile up undisputed champion Claressa Shields following an injury disappointment.
Shields, a two-weight world champion and current holder of four middleweight belts, was forced to postpone their clash.
‘T-Rex’ was hoping to become a three-weight ruler against Habazin on August 17. Both the vacant WBC and WBO straps are due to be on the line.
During the video clip, Habazin shockingly labelled Shields a ‘fat a**’ on more than one occasion as the Croatian mocked the pound for pound star.
It didn’t take long for Shields to respond.
“I’m not gonna pay this weird a** girl any mind. I have no reason to fake an injury. I dislocated my knee and can’t train for 6 weeks. Little do she know If it was up to me I’d still fight her with my knee messed up and beat her ass,” said Shields.
She then added: “Oh and @IvanaHabazin I’m slapping the hell out of you at the weigh-in and then I’m kicking your ass the next day. #FINEMEPLEASE.”
— Ivana Habazin (@IvanaHabazin) June 21, 2019
Earlier, a statement was released explaining the incident.
A minor injury in training has forced undisputed middleweight world champion Claressa Shields to suspend training. She postponed her bid to become the fastest fighter in boxing history, male or female, to become a three-division world champion.
Shields injured her knee doing roadwork early this week. Claressa is preparing to take on former world champion Ivana Habazin for the vacant WBO Super Welterweight Championship on Saturday, August 17, at the Dort Federal Event Center in Shields’ hometown of Flint, Michigan.
The fight is due to be televised live nationally on SHOWTIME.
The 24-year-old Shields (9-0, 2 KOs) says she looks forward to resuming training and having the fight take place this fall.
“There’s nothing I love to do more than boxing. I train hard for all of my fights. It’s going to be tough for them to keep me out of the gym for a few weeks,” said undisputed champion Claressa Shields. “But I will heal quickly and then go to training camp, so I can make history in front of all my fans in the fall.
“I can promise you this – I’ll be training harder than ever soon again. I’ll provide a spectacular performance. Watch me make history for everyone in attendance. Also for the viewers on SHOWTIME.”
Shields’ promoter, Dmitriy Salita, says a new date for the fight is already being hammered out. He’s working feverishly behind the scenes.
“Claressa will bounce back quickly,” said Salita. “Unfortunately, training injuries are part of the sport.
“A great champion like her will take it in stride. We will move forward to the new fight date we are currently working to finalize.
“The fight will be rescheduled for the fall. We will announce the new date shortly.”