Like everyone else in the sport, Franchón Crews-Dezurn has nothing but time on her hands these days.
What she’s still waiting to get back in her hands, is her World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight title.
“The WBC has had enough time to do their investigation,” Crews-Dezurn (6-1, 2KOs;1ND) told BoxingScene.com. “My situation is not complicated.”
The super middleweight titlist is still awaiting word on whether she will be reinstated as a unified champ, a status that was wrongfully taken from her following her January 11 clash with Mexico’s Alejandra Jimenez, with the WBC and WBO (World Boxing Organization) titles at stake for their DAZN-streamed bout live from The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The evening’s co-feature ended with Jimenez (12-0-1, 9KOs; 1ND) claiming a disputed split decision, though the scoring debate took a backseat to a far greater controversy that would come from the fight.
Both boxers underwent random drug testing as contracted through Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA), with the first known test conducted on December 15. Jimenez’s testing sample—collected on January 10, one day prior to the contest—came back positive for the banned substance stanazolol. The issue was that it wasn’t discovered until January 24, nearly two full weeks after their title fight.
A 90-day suspension was issued to Jimenez by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR), backdated to the failed test. That suspension has since expired, with the WBC investigation still ongoing while the WBO has been returned to its original owner.
The move by the WBO was both celebrated by Crews-Dezurn and Golden Boy Promotions (GBP), while also viewed with skepticism as to why the WBC has yet to follow suit.
“I don’t understand it, and I know my promoter doesn’t either,” notes Crews-Dezurn. “I’m grateful that Oscar de la Hoya (founder and chairman of GBP) speaking out against the WBC on my behalf. Oscar is a boxing legend and has had a great relationship with the WBC during his amazing career and as a promoter, too. He risked a lot to make that public move for me and I really appreciate it.”
For now, Crews-Dezurn is resigned to the fact that she will have to fight for a vacant WBC title (versus Alicia Napoleon, per the pre-coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic order) that should already belong to her. More troubling, however, is that her past ring rival will be permitted to fight at all once the sport as a whole is given clearance to resume at full strength.
“She should be suspended for two years,” insists Crews-Dezurn, who was among the first female boxers to enroll in the WBC Clean Boxing Program and is a longtime advocate for stringent drug testing. “That makes sense. At least two years. They definitely need to handle her bag because she affected my bag. Being a champion increases your earning potential and she had to cheat in order to try to take that away from me.
“It’s OK, though. The universe never fails.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox