Female boxer's career in doubt after shooting


BERLIN (AP) — German female boxer Rola El-Halabi's career is in doubt after she was shot by her stepfather and former manager before a title fight on Friday.

The undefeated 25-year-old boxer was preparing to fight Irma Balijagic Adler of Bosnia for the vacant IBF lightweight title, when the 44-year-old man entered her dressing room and shot her in the hand, knee and feet.

Berlin police said El-Halabi's attacker shot his stepdaughter and two security guards, before he was arrested.

The three victims were taken to a local hospital, where they underwent surgery. Police said their injuries were not life threatening.

El-Halabi won the WIBF and WIBA world titles in 2009 and has an 11-0 career record, with six knockouts.

Sunday's edition of Bild newspaper identified the gunman as Roy El-Halabi and reported that 800 spectators were evacuated from the boxing arena.

Rola El-Halabi told the German daily: "Papa rushed into the room. He threatened us with a gun in his hand and shouted 'Everyone out!' And then he shot me in the hand from three meters. I cried and screamed."

Bild reported that El-Halabi split from her stepfather as a manager in January.

"When I had problems I could talk with him about anything, except when it was about boys. That was taboo," El-Halabi said.

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