Jimenez Stripped Of WBO Belt, Crews-Dezurn Reinstated As Champion

While there may not be any fights in the boxing world the next few months, Franchon Crews-Dezurn earned herself a moral victory this past week.

The World Boxing Organization announced that Alejandra Jimenez, who beat Crews-Dezurn for the WBC and WBO Super Middleweight Titles back in January, has been stripped of the belts. This comes after Jimenez failed to comply with a show cause order. The former heavyweight tested positive for a banned substance following a VADA test. Jimenez was suspended by the committee and her reign as champion was frozen until the investigation was complete.

The two fought in the Alamodome right before the main event that featured Jaime Munguia defeating Gary O’Sullivan. Jimenez was able to dominate the fight through the first few rounds. Crews-Dezurn ended up coming back, making the fight competitive until the later rounds. The judges gave Jimenez the split decision (93-97, 97-93, 98-92) win.

A few weeks later, Jimenez tested positive for stanozolol. A 90-day suspension was issues by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations. The WBO put her on notice for her B-sample, which she chose a later date (February 19) to prepare herself. Jimenez failed to comply with providing sustainable evidence of her potential innocence, forcing the hand of the WBO. Her B-sample ended up coming back positive as well.

“The WBO World Championship Committee hereby strips Ms. Alejandra Jimenez of her WBO Female Super Middleweight Championship Title and it reinstates WBO Female Participant Ms. Franchon Crews-Dezurn as the official WBO Female Super Middleweight Champion,” the WBO stated in a release. “This is a final decision of the WBO Championship Committee.

Crews-Dezurn ended up posting the following on Instagram after hearing the news:

“I am pleased and proud to be reinstated as the @worldboxingorg Super Middleweight Champion of the World! Thank you for doing the right thing and valuing me not only as a world class athlete but as a hard working human being. Everything in divine order and the truth prevailed when lies & deceit tried to interject. Thank you to the most high and the universe for upholding me, my attorneys Paul & Eric for your hard work, my husband @glenndezurnjr for being my soldier, my coaches/team for support, the media outlets who stood behind me for what is right in #boxing & most importantly THE FANS.

“Thank you to whoever said a prayer for me, sent love and spoke out about the moment I could’ve lost my life because of someone’s decision to cheat. The bad dreams haven’t stopped and I still deal with the trauma everyday but this is a step in the right direction for boxing & women’s boxing. During this hard time we need love, joy and something to believe in, believe in what’s right and believe in yourself. WE GOT THIS & #FxckThatHair I Got 1 Belt.”

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I am pleased and proud to be reinstated as the @worldboxingorg Super Middleweight Champion of the World! Thank you for doing the right thing and valuing me not only as a world class athlete but as a hard working human being. Everything in divine order and the truth prevailed when lies & deceit tried to interject. Thank you to the most high and the universe for upholding me, my attorneys Paul & Eric for your hard work, my husband @glenndezurnjr for being my soldier, my coaches/team for support, the media outlets who stood behind me for what is right in #boxing & most importantly THE FANS. Thank you to whoever said a prayer for me, sent love and spoke out about the moment I could’ve lost my life because of someone’s decision to cheat. The bad dreams haven’t stopped and I still deal with the trauma everyday but this is a step in the right direction for boxing & women’s boxing. During this hard time we need love, joy and something to believe in, believe in what’s right and believe in yourself. WE GOT THIS & #FxckThatHair I Got 1 Belt ☺️❤️😅 . . 📸: @booghb4life . . #BlackPhoenix #TheHeavyHittingDiva #FranchonCrewsDeZurn #TeamDezurn #HeadBangers #CleanAthlete #WorldChampion #WomensBoxing #AndStill

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Crews-Dezurn’s tests came back clean, which doesn’t surprise most considering her stance on such matters. As of this moment, Crews-Dezurn’s title reign will return, as if nothing happened since it was declared a no-contest. Jimenez now has fourteen days to file an appeal on the matter.

“The affected WBO participant may appeal such determination to the Complaint and Grievance Committee as per Rule 34, which as per Rule 3(e) of the WBO Appeals Regulation, must be submitted in writing to the WBO President within fourteen (14) days of this decision as its sole and exclusive remedy.”

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