Franchon Crews-Dezurn will defend her WBC and WBO super middleweight titles on the Jan. 11 DAZN card, which will be headlined by Jaime Munguia’s move to middleweight to face Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan in San Antonio.
Crews-Dezurn (6-1, 2 KO) will be facing Alejandra Jimenez (12-0-1, 9 KO), a 32-year-old Mexican fighter who held the WBC women’s heavyweight title from 2016-17. She’s moved way down in weight starting in 2018, and has settled in at 168.
The 32-year-old Crews-Dezurn turned pro in Nov. 2016, facing Claressa Shields, who was also making her pro debut. Shields won a four-round shutout, but Crews-Dezurn has turned out to be a standout herself, winning six straight. She won the vacant WBC title in Sept. 2018, and added the vacant WBO belt in her last outing on Sept. 14.
The two have some bad blood stemming from the WBC convention and some social media stuff.
“As a champion you have responsibilities, and Jimenez is my mandatory, so I have to handle my responsibilities as WBC champion,” said Crews-Dezurn. “Jimenez is disrespectful, a bully, entitled, and I don’t have respect for this person after trying to intimidate me at the 57th WBC convention.”
“I’m the champion of the world, and I’m good in any hood,” Crews-Dezurn continued. “Jimenez hates that I’m feminine and constantly tries to cyberbully me. Jimenez even gets the coaches and her girlfriend involved so much so I blocked them. Jimenez is too emotional for me, and I can’t wait to look in Jimenez eye and soul. I hope Jimenez keeps that same energy Jan. 11 because I will show that I am the dominant alpha female.”
“Aside from being a new challenge, this fight means that I will continue making history by being crowned a world champion in a new division in a way that nobody has ever done,” Jimenez said. “The fact that I’ll now be fighting for two titles is more motivation. This opportunity comes at the perfect moment in my life and career. Everything happens for a reason and when it’s supposed to happen. This is my moment.”
“The effort in my work and the team that supports me make me feel sure of my strengths as boxer,” Jimenez continued. “That the current champion has put so many ‘buts’ regarding this fight is an indication that I am on the right track and that all my work is reflected. It also shows that she knows I will not be an easy opponent and that I will do everything to get those titles.”