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Franchon Crews-Dezurn on Taylor-Serrano MSG Card: I Definitely See It as The Start of Something


Name me loopy, however I simply can’t see somebody with the primary identify Franchon working a 9 to five someplace. With a reputation like that, you’ve bought to be destined for one thing particular. 

Franchon Crews-Dezurn’s dad and mom knew.

“The funny thing is, my mother and my father have the most basic names,” Crews-Dezurn laughs. “My mom’s first name is Sarah and my father’s first name is Willie. So I always thought about that, ever since I was little. I think my name represents me, and she had that name picked out for me before I was even conceived. She knew something I didn’t know, and she stamped me and gave me the name and I’m just glad I could grow into it.”

She has. There was the American Idol tryout, the style designs, the character and, oh yeah, a stellar novice boxing profession adopted by a professional profession that has seen her win seven of 9 bouts (with one no contest) and two world titles at 168 kilos. 

Evidently, there will probably be no 9 to 5s within the Maryland product’s future. She’s on that star path, with the following cease taking her to a spot she’s lengthy dreamed of conquering.

“Years ago, I was super broke, and I went to New York, and I said, ‘One day, I’m gonna have my face on one of the screens in Times Square,” Crews-Dezurn remembers. “Then last year when I was in New York with Bernard Hopkins, we visited Madison Square Garden on the anniversary of when he knocked out Tito (Trinidad), and we stopped at Times Square again, and I’m like, ‘Yeah, one day I’m gonna have my name on one of these big screens. I’m gonna do something great in New York. Fast forward to now and I’m about to make history in Madison Square Garden. This is manifestation, and I’m just so happy.”

Sure, the MSG struggle most are speaking about is the headliner between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano, which marks not solely the primary feminine primary occasion in “The Mecca,” however the first girls’s bout to see a seven-figure payday for each combatants. However Crews-Dezurn will probably be making her personal historical past with Sweden’s unbeaten Elin Cederoos, who will danger her WBA and IBF belts towards the American’s WBO and WBC titles (DAZN 7:30pm ET). Two unification bouts on one card is an enormous deal for a sport lengthy deserving of respect however that has hardly ever obtained it. It’s a serious night time for ladies’s boxing, and Crews-Dezurn is aware of it. 

“I definitely see it as the start of something,” she mentioned. “Not only with Katie and Amanda. Claressa (Shields) has really pushed the boundaries with making six figures a fight, and the fact that these women are making seven, it’s gonna be the start of something, but you have to pay your dues and you have to put in work and you have to perform. Every woman that’s getting six figures and these good paychecks, they’re putting in work and working for it.”

Crews-Dezurn has been placing in work and paying her dues greater than most. Proprietor of a reported 56-19 novice report (boxrec.com) that she started compiling in 2005, Crews-Dezurn has seen all of it within the sport – the nice, the dangerous, and the ugly – however she caught to her weapons and stored shifting ahead.

“You have to understand, when I started boxing, there were no women in the Olympics, women’s boxing had died down from the Laila Ali-Ann Wolfe era, and I was an elite amateur, so I knew I had to keep fighting,” she mentioned. “I knew I was fighting because I had to win, I had to survive and take care of myself in real life. And I just knew every time I won, it got better. Either I’m traveling or I’m feeling like I belong. Because I’m an odd person, I’m an odd kid (Laughs), and I just felt like I belonged. And then as things started progressing – first with women being involved in the Olympics, I’m like, ‘Okay, now I have something to really fight for.’” 

She wouldn’t get to the Olympics, dropping to eventual two-time gold medalist Shields, however she nonetheless fought – out and in of the ring.

“Even in the amateur system, I was one of the main reasons women started getting paid,” Crews-Dezurn mentioned. “The girls would go win many medals for the USA, they usually would not be compensated, however the males had been, so I pulled folks collectively and we went they usually heard my case, and we began getting a pair {dollars}. So I’m doing this for legacy. After all, I need to money out and receives a commission; I’m not making practically as a lot as the ladies or the boys on this card. However I’m doing it for legacy, and I know that the cash will come. However I’ve all the time simply stored combating as a result of I knew one thing is there. I do not know what it’s, but it surely’s there.

Ultimately, Crews-Dezurn turned professional in 2016, dropping to her previous rival Shields, and whereas many surprise the place the trail is for Taylor and Serrano to make one other seven-figure payday with out combating one another once more, a win on Saturday clears the best way for Crews-Dezurn to maybe meet Shields once more for large cash ought to Flint’s most interesting defeat Savannah Marshall of their grudge match.

“That’s always on the radar that me and her will fight down the road because, yeah, she’s doing amazing things, but it’s still not enough for people,” mentioned the 34-year-old Crews-Dezurn. “So fighting someone like Savannah and fighting a person like me – because people saw how great our fight was in our pro debuts – I think they would definitely pay us seven figures. So I’m gonna continue to do my part and she’s doing her part, and we’ll see each other down the road. My life isn’t revolved around her, hers isn’t revolved around me, even though we’re very intertwined. I just think that’s always on the table, even if that’s the cash-out fight for me. If I don’t want to box anymore, I know I can get that fight and walk away with a nice payday, just like she would.”

First, there’s Cederoos. Proprietor of an 8-0 with 4 KOs report, she received her IBF belt in 2019 with a win over Femke Hermans and added the WBA crown in 2020 with an in depth win over Alicia Napoleon. She hasn’t fought since. In the meantime, Crews-Dezurn bounced again from the Shields loss in her debut to win her subsequent six, a stretch that additionally noticed her decide up her belts by beating Maricela Cornejo in 2019. An upset cut up determination loss to Alexandra Jimenez adopted in early 2020, however when Jimenez’ drug check got here up soiled, the decision was overturned to a no contest and Crews-Dezurn’s belts had been returned. Now, after a shutout victory over Ashleigh Curry in January of final yr, she needs some extra.

“When I win, I just want to go running to Home Depot or Lowe’s because I’m a DIY fanatic, so I’m gonna do some carpentry and I might build a wall of shelving,” she laughs. “But I’m making room, believe me. I’m already thinking about it.”

That doesn’t imply she’s dismissing her opponent. Simply feeling assured that she’s leaving the Backyard with much more {hardware} than she entered with.

“As always, we don’t sleep on anyone,” Crews-Dezurn mentioned. “I’m never gonna short-change her. She’s a champion in her own right, so I’m coming on my Ps and Qs. But I’ve been on the world stage and I know that whatever she brings, I’m gonna be able to adapt, and I don’t think she can handle what I can bring.”

As for every part else befitting a younger girl with the identify Franchon, she’s affected person.

“When it comes, it comes,” Crews-Dezurn mentioned. “I know this is a great opportunity to fight on this undercard and this is a big moment for Katie and Amanda, and I know that my just due will come. I just really have to stay focused and show and prove. And when I walk in the building, they’re gonna know that I’m here.”



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