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WBO officially strips Alejandra Jimenez, reinstates Franchon Crews-Dezurn as champion

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Jimenez defeated Crews-Dezurn by split decision in January

Jaime Munguia v Patrick Allotey Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy/Getty Images

Having rather more time on their hands than usual, the WBO has released a 10-page resolution officially stripping Alejandra Jimenez of her super middleweight title due to a failed drug test, reinstating Franchon Crews-Dezurn as 168-pound champion. The WBC stripped Jimenez in February, though they have not returned the title to Crews-Dezurn.

Jimenez (12-0-1, 9 KO) initially defeated Crews-Dezurn (6-1, 2 KO) in January on the Jaime Munguia-Patrick Allotey undercard, surviving a strong start and late rally to take a competitive split decision and the WBC/WBO titles. Two weeks later, however, Jimenez tested positive for stanozolol, a fairly common anabolic steroid. Her B-sample proved positive as well, leading both sanctioning bodies to take action.

The WBC don’t seem to have any women’s rankings publicly available, so I can’t really speculate as to whom they’ll have Crews-Dezurn fight for the vacant title if they don’t return it outright. Then again, BoxRec lists only 19 women’s super middleweights in the sport, so odds are these two will run into each other again eventually.