Oscar De La Hoya is without question pleased by the WBO’s decision to return their super middleweight title to Franchon Crews-Dezurn, who was on the bad end of quite a bit of controversy in her last fight.
Crews-Dezurn (6-1, 2 KO) lost a decision to Alejandra Jimenez in a very entertaining fight on Jan. 11 in San Antonio, only for Jimenez to fail a post-fight drug test. Golden Boy Promotions immediately set out on a campaign to have Crews-Dezurn’s WBC and WBO titles returned with the decision changed to a no-contest, and while the WBC has done nothing yet, the WBO made the call earlier this week to do just that.
“Justice has been served,” De La Hoya said in a statement. “The WBO has made the correct decision by reinstating ‘The Heavy-Hitting Diva’ as its super middleweight world champion. Although these things take time, it is always great to see justice in action, especially in the sport that I love the most.”
He added a quick note to the WBC without naming the organization.
“We hope that others follow suit in recognizing her as the champion, and we look forward to her ring return in the near future.”
There’s no word on what the 32-year-old Crews-Dezurn might do next, but we can probably count out Jimenez getting a rematch. A (potential, if the WBC does the right thing here) full unification bout with WBA/IBF titleholder Elin Cedderroos (8-0, 4 KO) of Sweden could be very good, though.