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AP Photo/dapd, Andreas Markus Rola El-Halabi being taken from the scene on Friday. Her career is now in doubt.
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Female boxer shot by stepdad before Berlin bout
Rola El-Halabi was going for her third world title when she was suddenly and shockingly attacked by her step father. Her promoter says her career is almost certainly over.

A FEMALE GERMAN boxer was shot by her stepfather and former manager before a title fight with her injuries not life threatening but likely to end her career.

Rola El-Halabi, an undefeated 25-year-old German, was preparing to fight Irma Balijagic Adler of Bosnia for the vacant IBF lightweight title on Friday night when her 44-year-old stepfather entered her dressing room and shot her in the hand, knee and feet.

He also shot two security guards before being arrested, according to Berlin police.

Bild newspaper identified the gunman (German) as Roy El-Halabi and reported that 800 spectators were evacuated from the 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.”

The boxer had five operations over the weekend with her promoter saying the injuries have almost certainly put an end to her career, according to The Local, a German English language newspaper.

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.

The three victims were taken to the hospital for surgery.

El-Halabi won the WIBF and WIBA world titles in 2009 and has an 11-0 career record with six knockouts. She was going for her third title before the shooting.

- additional reporting from AP