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Mark Taffet, manager of undisputed women’s middleweight champion Claressa Shields, gave ESPN a bit more detail than was initially released about her recent knee injury. Last week, Shields was forced to postpone a drop to junior middleweight to go for a title in a third division against Ivana Habazin, whom she was due to face for a vacant belt Aug. 17 in a Showtime main event in Shields’ hometown of Flint, Michigan. “Claressa has a dislocated right knee,” Taffet said. “She will be off her knee for two weeks, through roughly July 1, then 4-6 weeks in a light brace and doing rehab to regain knee mobility and muscle strength in the hip/quad/calf muscles. Then she will resume running and boxing training. Our plan is for her to fight in October against Ivana Habazin. We are in discussions with Showtime and the site to finalize details.”

Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer28d ago