Brother of Claressa Shields charged in brawl during Flint boxing match weigh-in
The brother of boxer Claressa Shields is facing a felony charge after he allegedly threw punches in October at a weigh-in for a boxing match that was later canceled in Flint, the Genesee County Prosecutor's Office announced Wednesday.
The match, between Shields, a Flint native, and Ivana Habazin, was scheduled for Oct. 5.
But at a weigh-in the day before, a fight between their two camps broke out, prompting the fight's cancellation.
Artis Mack, 28, faces a charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, and is accused by authorities of punching a Newark, New Jersey, man, James Ali Bashir, 68, who is Habazin's trainer.
Bashir was transported to a Detroit hospital, where he underwent surgery.
According to Prosecutor David Leyton, Flint police say Mack was spotted fleeing the scene on foot by an officer, who noticed he matched the suspect's description.
"The officer followed Mack into a nearby neighborhood and an arrest was made," Leyton's statement said.
Mack will be arraigned at Flint's 67th District Court, the statement said, but court records do not yet reflect his current charges.
Shields called the altercation "inexcusable," writing in a Facebook post that “I do not stand for that and do not in any way justify what happened no matter what he said! I stand with Coach Ali and Ivana Habazin and I also understand their stand on our fight.”