Alejandra Jimenez, a former women’s heavyweight titleholder, moved all the way down to super middleweight and won the WBC and WBO titles by split decision against Franchon Crews-Dezurn tonight at San Antonio’s Alamodome.
Jimenez (13-0-1, 9 KO) won on scores of 97-93 and 98-92 in her favor, with one card sort of ridiculously going to Crews-Dezurn (6-2, 2 KO), 97-93. BLH actually had the fight even at 95-95, with Crews-Dezurn making a valiant stand in the latter rounds to even things up after falling behind.
But if you had to pick a winner here, it was Jimenez, 32, who seemed to do more damage, though Crews-Dezurn landed more (197-152) and at a higher connect rate (36-24%).
The fight started extremely fast, with the 32-year-old Crews-Dezurn going right at Jimenez, but Jimenez proved capable of taking Franchon’s shots without a lot of real trouble, though she did say after the fight that Crews-Dezurn hits hard.
Crews-Dezurn seemed to gas early from the aggressive start, but she also fought with a ton of determination throughout, shaking off obvious fatigue and continuing to throw at Jimenez, who stalked forward pretty much the entire fight.
There was some unusual drama in the ninth round, with Crews-Dezurn’s weave becoming an issue to the point they had to stop the action to fix it, which her trainer, the veteran Barry Hunter, was not a big fan of; after the round, Hunter told someone else in the corner to, “Get that shit off her head!” Crews-Dezurn protested a bit, but ultimately the weave came off, and the fight went on. That’s not something you see every day.
This was not the prettiest fight by any means, a lot of technical issues on both sides, but both women fought their guts out and brought it here. Think of it as one of the more entertaining and ridiculous Nicolas Cage DTV movies of the modern day.
Hector Tanajara Jr UD-10 Juan Carlos Burgos
The 32-year-old Burgos hadn’t fought since a Sept. 2018 loss to Devin Haney, but he showed a little life in this one, particularly late in the fight where his body work did get to the 23-year-old Tanajara, who was fighting in his hometown in San Antonio and had good crowd support.
Tanajara (19-0, 5 KO) definitely deserved the win here, but it’s a fight he can learn from, too, and also one that may dampen the hopes of those hoping for Tanajara to emerge as a top lightweight. Burgos (33-4-2, 21 KO) looks like he’s still got some gas left as a high-level gatekeeper, and Tanajara did very well for six rounds here, but Tanajara got some lessons on body attack late, and perhaps in keeping some energy in reserve. He deserves the win, though. Scores were 97-92, 97-92, and 99-91. BLH had it 97-93 for Tanajara.
Joshua Franco TKO-9 Jose Alejandro Burgos
A good performance from Franco (16-1-2, 8 KO), a 24-year-old who moved back down to 115 for this fight after a bantamweight trilogy with Oscar Negrete where he went 1-0-2 in three consecutive bouts between Oct. 2018 and Aug. 2019. Nothing is truly settled with Negrete, but it was time for Franco to move on from that, as good as the fights were.
Here he faced Burgos (17-3, 14 KO), a 24-year-old from Mexico who fought with determination but was a pretty outclassed in skill. Franco may or may not have it at the higher levels, we’ll see, but he was solid here, picking Burgos apart and letting his opponent tire before putting on a nice flurry to finish at 2:13 of the penultimate round.