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Non-Televised Undercard Announced

For Claressa Shields vs Ivana Habazin 

October 5th, Dort Federal Event Center, Flint, Michigan!

(September 17th) An all-Detroit shootout and an appearance by an exciting and popular international female fighter will highlight the non-televised undercard of the Saturday, October 5 event at the Dort Federal Event Center in Flint, Mich., that is headlined by the Claressa Shields vs. Ivana Habazin 154-pound title fight live on SHOWTIME.

 

“Homecoming for Herstory,” features undisputed middleweight world champion Claressa Shields taking on former world champion Ivana Habazin in a battle for the WBO Junior Middleweight World and WBC Diamond Super Welterweight Championships. The SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION (9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT telecast will also see undefeated Saginaw, Mich., heavyweight prospect Jermaine Franklin (19-0, 13 KOs) facing Czech Republic’s once-beaten Pavel Šour (11-1, 6 KOs).

 

In support will be an exciting five-fight mix of local and international talent, topped by a classic “All Detroit” 10-round showdown between West Detroit’s WBO No. 13-rated super flyweight Jarico “Great Lakes King” O'Quinn (12-0-1, 8 KOs) and East Detroit’s James “O.G.” Smith (13-2, 7 KOs).

 

Stepping in for her third pro fight in the U.S., IBO Super Welterweight Champion Hannah Rankin (7-3, 1 KO) from Glasgow Scotland takes California-based veteran Erin Toughill (7-5-1) in a six-round showcase.

 

“Homecoming for Herstory” is promoted by Salita Promotions. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and at the Dort Center box office.

 

Also scheduled for action will be Saginaw, Mich., cruiserweight Robert Simms (9-3, 3 KOs) going into a six-round battle against Columbus, Ohio’s Michael Glasscox (6-3-2, 5 KOs); undefeated Kazakhstani heavyweight Izim Izbaki (2-0, 1 KO) facing Mount Morris, Michigan’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 Indiana’s Norfleet Stitts in a four-rounder to open the card. 

Unbeaten American Heavyweight Jermaine Franklin

to Face Pavel Sour Saturday, October 5th,

LIVE On Claressa Shields vs Ivana Habazin

Showtime Undercard, Dort Federal Events Center Flint, MI!

(September 6th) Undefeated American heavyweight prospect Jermaine Franklin will face Pavel Šour on Saturday, October 5 live on SHOWTIME from Dort Federal Events Center in Flint, Mich.

 

Franklin (19-0, 13 KOs) will make his third consecutive SHOWTIME appearance of 2019 as he seeks a definitive victory less than an hour from his hometown of Saginaw, Mich. The 25-year-old will take on once-beaten Czech Republic heavyweight Šour (11-1, 6 KOs) on the undercard of a SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION telecast headlined by Claressa Shields vs. Ivana Habazin.

 

Headlining the non-televised undercard will be an “All Detroit” showdown between crosstown rivals, as West Detroit’s Ja’Rico “Great Lakes King” O'Quinn and East Detroit’s James “O.G.” Smith battle in a 10-round fight for Motown super flyweight supremacy.

 

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Salita Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and at the Dort Center box office.

 

Considered one of the top American heavyweight prospects, Franklin is a former amateur standout and 2014 National Golden Gloves Champion. He passed on the opportunity to compete for a spot on the 2016 Olympic Games and, after turning professional in 2015, built his undefeated record with relative ease through his first 17 fights. In 2019, Franklin stepped up his level of opposition in consecutive fights on SHOWTIME, earning a unanimous decision over former No. 1-ranked U.S. amateur Rydell Booker in April, followed by a hard-fought split-decision over Jerry Forrest in July. Now, the 6-foot-2 Franklin returns for his third bout of the year seeking a conclusive victory for his hometown fans.

 

“This is what I have been waiting for,” said Franklin. “I can’t wait to put a show on in front of my hometown with friends and family in the crowd. I’ve been working on my diet and taking better care of my body since my last fight. I’m focused on not wasting any punches and letting the knockout come naturally, not pushing for it. I’m going to be better conditioned and more patient and finally prove to fans why I’m America’s next great heavyweight.”

 

Šour turned professional in 2016 and has won 11 of his first 12 professional bouts. The 36-year-old is coming off a career-best win over previously undefeated Tomas Salek for the regional Czech heavyweight title. The 6-foot-5 Šour has fought all but one of his professional bouts in his native Czech Republic and will make his U.S. debut against Franklin. He was an accomplished amateur overseas and racked up an 80-43-2 record while representing the Czech national team from 2008 to 2015. The lone blemish on Šour’s record is a 2017 loss to highly regarded unbeaten heavyweight Filip Hrgovic.

 

“I have the technique, speed and power to beat Jermaine Franklin,” said Šour. “I am in great shape, I’m training hard and I’m very confident heading into this fight. Franklin is underestimating me because of my age, but I’m going to show him he’s wrong and have my hand raised when the final bell rings.”

 

“Jermaine Franklin is on a mission to show the world that he is the top new heavyweight on the scene,” said promoter Dmitriy Salita, President of Salita Promotions. “He will fight the big and strong Pavel Šour who is coming off a career-best win. This is a significant heavyweight fight that will add to the already historic and electric event on October 5 headlined by Claressa Shields vs. Ivana Habazin.”

 

The 24-year-old O’Quinn (12-0-1, 8 KOs) stands 5-foot-6 and is rated No. 13 in the world by the WBO. Blazing-fast hands and effortless combination punching have allowed the undefeated O’Quinn to become a favorite among Motor City fight fans. O’Quinn was the No. 1-ranked amateur bantamweight in the country before turning professional in 2015. He was last seen on April 13 of this year at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, winning a dominant unanimous eight-round decision over Minnesota veteran Vicente Alfaro Martinez.

 

“On October 5 you can expect nothing less than what I always do and that’s win!” said O’Quinn. “This is the biggest fight of my professional career and my first 10-round fight and I’m taking it very seriously. I will look the best I’ve looked as pro on that night and after the fight I’ll be looking for bigger names to take on in the super flyweight division.”

 

A 29-year-old standing 5-foot-3, Smith (13-2, 7 KOs) carries a reputation as a throwback and one of the most exciting Detroit fighters of the last decade. Known for his fearless aggression in the ring, Smith’s fights are always “must see” fare for Detroiters. Also an accomplished amateur, Smith is a former National Amateur Champion and eight-time Golden Gloves Champion. His last fight came in February of this year at the Performance Arts Center in Dearborn, Mich., where he won a unanimous six-round decision over Mexico’s Jonathan Lecona Ramos.

 

“My opponent is solid, but he’s not on my level,” said Smith. “He throws a lot of punches but he slaps a lot. There is nothing he can show me that I have not already seen before. The fans can always expect an exciting fight when it comes to me. I'm going to always put it all on the line to win.”

 

“Detroit is one of the best boxing fight cities in the country and this fight is an example of that,” said Salita. “Ja’Rico is touted as one of the best American super flyweights, while James Smith was a can’t-miss prospect when he turned professional. This fight could turn out to be the fight of the night because both guys will leave it all in the ring to win. Will it be Ja’Rico’s speed and timing, or will James Smith grind him down with his aggression and pressure? No matter who wins, this will be an unforgettable war.”

 

Barry Tompkins will call the SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION action from ringside with boxing historian Steve Farhood and former world champion Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts. The executive producer is Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.

 

About Salita Promotions

Founded in 2010 by Dmitriy Salita, a professional boxer and world-title challenger who saw the need for a promotional entity to feature boxing’s best young prospects and established contenders in North America and worldwide.

Claressa Shields vs. Ivana Habazin Press Conference!

(August 14th) In the main event of SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION (9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT), Shields will aim to make history as the fastest fighter in boxing, male or female, to become a three-division world champion, in her first professional fight in her hometown of Flint.

 

Shields vs. Habazin is promoted by Salita Promotions. Tickets for the live event go on sale Thursday, June 20 at 3 p.m. ET and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and at the Dort Center box office.

 

Here is what the press conference participants had to say Wednesday:

CLARESSA SHIELDS

"I'm so happy to be here. This moment is a long time coming. I've been a pro for nine fights and all I've wanted to do is come back home and fight. I haven't fought here since the amateurs when I was 18.

 

"To be here now as a pro with two Olympic gold medals, all my belts and my whole team here, it just feels really good. Our city has gone through rough times with the water crisis, but I wanted to show that we're still fighting people.

 

"A lot of us here are fighting daily. I'm happy that I can be in the ring doing what I'm doing, but outside of the ring I get to inspire kids. Having a summer camp here this summer really changed me. My knee injury gave me more time to spend with the kids, and that time with them made me stronger.

 

"I understand that Habazin is here and wants to win, but don't come here like this is going to be a walk in the park. Christina Hammer thought this was a joke, so I hope Habazin is taking this as seriously as possible.

 

"I love this challenge, but you will not beat me in front of my family and friends. I'm going to destroy her. Don't miss this, because this is going to be a knockout.

 

"I'm so excited about this fight. My last fight was supposed to be the toughest fight of my life, and it was probably the easiest pro fight I've had so far, and it was against an accomplished long-reigning champion.

 

"You can't talk about women's boxing without thinking of me. This fight is here in Flint, Michigan because of what I've done and what I've accomplished. I appreciate Ivana for wanting this challenge, but she's acting crazy talking about knocking me out.

 

"She's going to be in defense mode I think. I've seen how she fights. If she thinks she's going to stand there blow for blow with me, she's crazy. She has good movement and hand speed, but she has a lot of flaws.

 

"Being at 154-pounds, I'm going to be stronger and I'm going to be faster. I've never had a problem making weight and it won't be a problem at 154.

 

"I'm looking forward to seeing everyone in Flint for the fight and really embracing the city. Buy tickets because you do not want to miss this fight. I hope she can fight like she can talk so it can be a great one for the fans."

 

IVANA HABAZIN

"This is a really big opportunity for me. I was a world champion and I'm looking forward to winning a title in another division.

 

"Claressa Shields is a spectacular fighter and I have respect for her, but I'm going to bring the fight to her. I didn't come here just to fight; I came here for victory.

 

"She is taking on a big challenge. If she says she's going to make the weight, then I believe her. But I know that it's going to be tough for her because it's not her natural division. I hope she makes the weight and that we'll have a good fight. Fighting at 154-pounds is an advantage for me.

 

"When I decided to fight at middleweight, I started fighting there because I wanted to fight her. She's the best fighter out there, and I know that I can beat her. When they told me that she wanted to go down in weight, I knew it was the perfect time.

 

"It doesn't matter to me if the fight is in Flint, London, New York or anywhere. The ring is my home and what happens in there is the most important thing. I'm always the underdog and I like to be in that position. I won my title in my opponent's hometown and I'm going to do it again.

 

"I'm at the point in my career where it could be my last chance to do something big and change my life. This isn't just a fight for a title, it's a fight for my life. When you only have one chance and you're really hungry, anything is possible.

 

"It's going to be tough in her hometown to beat her on points, so I'm coming here to knock her out.

 

"I'm happy to see that she is healthy because she needs to be ready for what I'm going to bring on October 5."

 

JOHN DAVID JACKSON, Shields' Trainer

"It's great to be here for this event. This should a good fight between two hungry fighters leaving it all in the ring.

 

"Habazin has a great trainer in Bashir Ali, so I know that she's going to be ready for us. Claressa will be ready too, so I just have to make sure everything is set with our game plan.

 

"Claressa is the biggest star in women's boxing and we have to be ready for any and all opponents. This is another step towards her becoming the greatest women's boxer of all time. My job is to make sure she gets there.

 

"I'm looking forward to a great fight and I can't wait to see everyone in this arena on fight night. After fight night she'll be a world champion again, and when the dust settles, she'll be the best of all time."

 

BASHIR ALI, Habazin's Trainer

"This is a fight with two world champions going after another world title. People take things for granted, and we know that Claressa has accomplished a lot, but there are going to be two strong fighters in the ring.

 

"You can look back and see so many big upsets throughout the history of the sport and it should teach you not to take anything for granted. These are two fighters who are going to give everything they've got.

 

"I'm not just preparing Habazin for a fight, but I'm preparing her for the mindset behind the fight. In this case, my counterpart John David Jackson is a threat. We know we have to work to win this fight.

 

"I'm not going to rest easy until we win this belt. I tell Habazin every day that we have to put our best foot forward and give it everything we have."

 

FLINT MAYOR KAREN WEAVER

"We are so glad that you are here for this great event. I want to thank Claressa for what she is doing. She's been saying she wants to have a fight at home, and home wants you to have a fight here.

 

"This is a big deal for Flint. We're so excited to have Claressa bring this fight to the city of Flint, because it shows people a different side of Flint. It shows people our toughness and our strength and grit.

 

"It's so important to us that Claressa comes home and is involved with the community. Every opportunity that she has, she's gives back to the community and it means a lot to us.

 

"I just want Claressa to know how happy we are, how proud you continue to make us, and we know it's not going to stop. We can't wait for the fight October 5."

 

DMITRIY SALITA, President of Salita Promotions

"Claressa Shields will look to make history again when she fights for a junior middleweight title. We had offers from around the country to host this fight, but Claressa was very focused on bringing a big fight back home to Flint. This is going to be a great night for the city.

 

"Claressa Shields has accomplished a lot in her life in boxing and as a humanitarian and role model, but she will be achieving a first on October 5, because it will be her first time fighting as a pro in her hometown of Flint. She has a special relationship with Flint and I know that Flint is going to support her as she looks to make more history in her already remarkable career

 

"Claressa is going to have a tall task against Ivana Habazin, who not only has won a title, but enters this fight on a five bout winning streak and has been focused on this challenge for a long time.

 

"I want to thank SHOWTIME for their commitment to Claressa's career and to women's boxing as a whole. They're an important partner on this journey that we're all on with Claressa, and it's exciting to have a platform like SHOWTIME for her to display her talents on.

 

"This has all the makings of a tremendous fight and a night that will be remembered for a long time, so you're going to want to make sure you buy a ticket, or if you can't be there watch it live on SHOWTIME."

 

MARK TAFFET, CEO of Taffet Media & Shields' Manager

"We couldn't be more pleased to be here in Flint. We know that this is going to be a great event and we're proud to have this fight with Claressa Shields here and we look forward to all the fans in Flint, Michigan coming out.

 

"I've worked with many of the biggest and greatest fighters of all time, but I've never been more proud of a fighter and more proud to work with a fighter, than I am with Claressa Shields. She isn't just once in a generation, she's truly once in a lifetime.

 

"Before Claressa is done, she won't just set records, but she will make her mark outside of the ring, like the greatest athletes in history. I believe that she is going to change the game forever.

 

"Ivana is an accomplished world champion herself, and one of the top fighters in women's boxing. She's very proud of her accomplishments in boxing and we couldn't be more pleased to have a woman of her character as part of this historic fight."

Undisputed Middleweight Champion Claressa Shields

To Meet Ivana Habazin for WBO Jr Middleweight World Title August 17th LIVE on Special Edition of Showtime Boxing from Dort Federal Event Center in Flint, MI!

(June 12th) Undisputed middleweight world champion Claressa Shields will aim to make history by becoming the fastest fighter in boxing, male or female, to become a three-division world champion when she takes on former world champion Ivana Habazin Saturday, August 17 live on SHOWTIME. The showdown for the vacant WBO Junior Middleweight Title headlines a SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION telecast at 9 p.m. ET/PT from Dort Federal Event Center in Shields’ hometown of Flint, Mich. The vacant WBC Women’s Diamond Super Welterweight Championship will also be on the line in Shields’ first professional fight in her hometown.

 

The 24-year-old Shields (9-0, 2 KOs) is a two-division titlist who became the undisputed middleweight champion with a near-shutout victory over Christina Hammer in April on SHOWTIME. In doing so, she joined Terrence Crawford, Jermain Taylor, Bernard Hopkins, Oleksandr Usyk and Cecilia Braekhus as the only fighters to have unified all four major world titles in any weight class (Katie Taylor has since joined the prestigious list).

 

Now, the Flint star seeks to make even more history in her sixth headlining appearance on SHOWTIME. With a win over Habazin on August 17, Shields would become a three-division champion in just 10 bouts, breaking the record of Vasiliy Lomachenko, who accomplished the feat in 12 fights.

 

“It’s hard to even put into words how excited I am to be returning home as undisputed champion and fighting in front of all my fans in Flint,” said Shields. “And having the opportunity to become world champion in a third weight division faster than any man or woman in boxing history will make August 17 a night I will cherish forever. It’s another big step forward in lifting women’s boxing on the road to equality.”

Habazin (20-3, 7 KOs), of Zagreb, Croatia, is ranked No. 1 by the WBO at 154 pounds. The 29-year-old, who will be making her U.S. debut, won the IBF Welterweight Title over Sabrina Giuliani in 2014. In her next fight, Habazin dropped a unanimous decision to Braekhus in a historic unification bout where Braekhus picked up all four major world title belts. Most recently, Habazin avenged one of only three losses in her career to Eva Bajic in Zagreb.

 

“I’m honored to fight on SHOWTIME and to be making my debut in the U.S.,” said Habazin. “It’s a dream come true and this is a huge chance for me to prove that I am one of boxing’s elite fighters. I will not let this opportunity pass. I’m not just coming to the U.S. to fight, I’m coming for victory.

 

“I’m actually a big fan of Claressa. She made history for women’s boxing and will be a great opponent for me. She’s very confident in herself, she’s aggressive, she can move, she has speed and good defense. But I have all of this too, and I can punch. I can’t wait to see what she is made of. They said her fight against Hammer was the biggest of all time, but I think this one will be the greatest ever.”

 

“Without question, Claressa Shields is the face of women’s boxing and we’re excited to present yet another historic milestone in her career as she looks to capture a third division championship in record time,” said Gordon Hall, Executive Producer of SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION. “From the amateurs to the pros, Claressa has faced the best opposition available and won every test in dominant fashion. With a victory over Habazin in her sixth appearance on SHOWTIME, Claressa will further solidify herself as the top female fighter in boxing and continue her personal quest to become the greatest of all time.”

 

"I am delighted to promote another historic event featuring Claressa Shields, who strives to make history at a record-setting pace when she challenges herself to go down in weight to win a third division title against a very skilled and motivated fighter in Ivana Habazin," said Dmitriy Salita, President of Salita Promotions. "Fans attending the fight at the Dort Center in Flint, as well as those watching the fight live on SHOWTIME, will be treated to another historic and exciting night of boxing featuring Shields.”

 

“August 17 will be a magnificent event for Claressa Shields, for women’s boxing, and for Claressa’s hometown city of Flint,” said Mark Taffet, manager of Claressa Shields. “Claressa continues to shine a beacon of light on the sport, making history in each and every fight and reaching levels previously unimaginable. She is a once in a lifetime athlete and young woman, and if she is victorious on August 17 she will move one step closer to realizing her dreams by becoming the fastest man or woman in boxing history to win a world title in a third weight division.”

 

Shields was the first American boxer in history – male or female – to win consecutive Olympic gold medals. She turned professional following the 2016 Olympics and headlined the first women’s boxing main event in premium television history in just her second professional fight in 2017. Shields became unified women’s super middleweight world champion in just her fourth professional fight, and a two-division champion in her sixth professional contest. She was crowned the undisputed 160-pound champion in her ninth fight than three years after turning professional following the 2016 Olympics.

 

"The world's attention will be on women's' sports this summer with two of its' biggest events in the FIFA women's World Cup, which is just getting started, and another Shields' blockbuster event happening in August,” added Salita. “We’re continuing our goal of advancing the state of women's sports to new heights and Claressa’s greatness helps make this happen."

 

Barry Tompkins will call the SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION action from ringside with boxing historian Steve Farhood and former world champion Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts. The executive producer is Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.

 

The undercard for the telecast will be announced in the coming weeks.

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