WASHINGTON – In preparation to defend her World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight title, Baltimore native Franchon Crews-Dezurn held an open workout for the press at the Bald Eagle Gym, home of the Headbangers Boxing Team, in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 6.
Franchon Crews-Dezurn will defend her title against former heavyweight champion Alejandra Jimenez (12-0) in Carson, Calif. on Sept. 14.
Crews-Dezurn is quickly becoming the face of women’s boxing. She is 5-foot-1; her only loss to two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields, who was one of the first to make the sport of women’s boxing popular among fans all over the world. Crews-Dezurn looks to be the next superstar after winning the super middleweight title by a majority decision over Maricela Cornejo on Sept. 13, 2018.
“I recently signed with Golden Boy Promotions. I am grateful and satisfied with the two-year deal with a major promotions company like Golden Boy,” said Crews-Dezurn. “Now it is up to me to show them and the world that I am a champion and will give my all on Sept. 14.”
Crews-Dezurn is known for her work ethic and chose Headbangers over other gyms because of how Trainer Barry Hunter teaches and preaches heart and toughness to his fighters. Hunter, known for preparing the Peterson brothers for their fights, said he and his team will not treat her differently than any other fighter they prepare.
“We train Franchon like any other fighter in this gym,” Hunter said. ”I am not surprised at the rise of women boxers. I had women training and fighting as amateurs many years ago.”
Her close adviser with Golden Boy is none other than the legendary boxer Bernard Hopkins. He has been a partner with founder and former famed boxer Oscar De La Hoya for 20 years and recommended Crews-Dezurn to the company.
Hopkins attended the workout session and began giving her tips before the Jimenez fight. Crews-Dezurn was like a student in a graduate class listening to every word the former world champion said.
“I have a reputation of not fooling around when I open my mouth,” said Hopkins. “I like her work ethic and her willingness to work leading up to fights and between fights. I was known for my work and I see myself in her. I had to convince Oscar. He agreed and we signed her.”
World Boxing Council (WBC) World Welterweight Champion Shawn Porter and Upper Marlboro boxer Lamont Peterson were also in attendance, giving their support for Crews-Dezurn and women’s boxing.
Despite the passing of Title IX as part of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 which said “no person in the US shall, based on sex, be excluded from the participation in sports,” there are still obstacles for female boxers including wages.
“They are not making the money that the men are making,” Peterson said. “Many women boxers must work regular jobs and seek sponsors to make ends meet. I hope that changes soon”
Outside of boxing, Crews-Dezurn is a fashion designer by profession. She is enticing fans to check out the fight for her the ring gear stating, “Wait until you see what I wear on this fight.”