WBC and WBO super middleweight titleholder Franchon Crews-Dezurn is set to defend her belts in a grudge match with Alejandra Jimenez this Saturday night on DAZN, live from San Antonio on the Munguia-O’Sullivan undercard.
Crews-Dezurn (6-1, 2 KO) turned pro back in Nov. 2016, when she was matched with a debuting Claressa Shields, a two-time Olympic gold medalist who has gone on to big things, obviously.
But Crews-Dezurn, 32, has proven herself a top fighter in the women’s game, too; instead of taking that debut loss as a reason to give up, she’s spun it into a fine career for herself.
Jimenez (12-0-1, 9 KO) is a 32-year-old from Mexico City and a former WBC heavyweight titleholder. That’s a weak division, obviously, and Jimenez moved down in weight in 2018, seeking tougher opposition. She’s found it now in Crews-Dezurn, and the two have had some harsh words.
“I want my opponent to come in confident, I want her to bring her best because I’m going to bring my best,” Crews-Dezurn said at a Wednesday media workout. “One of my gifts is being able to adapt and I’m going to adapt to whatever is in front of me. I hope she underestimates me because I’m going to make her eat every word she ever said about me.
“I’m at a better place than I was three years ago, two years ago, one year ago, and I’m living in the moment. And I don’t mix personal with business. I’m going to put up a show and she is going to get beaten.”