DALLAS—Franchón Crews-Dezurn prevailed in the identical state which almost stole her titles virtually 12 months in the past.
The reigning unified tremendous middleweight titlist needed to overcome a sought edge of a different kind in her latest day out, completely outworking Ashleigh Curry en path to an eight-round unanimous determination. rankings have been eighty-seventy two throughout the board in prefer of Crews-Dezurn in their non-title fight Saturday night at American airways core in Dallas, Texas.
Drama came at the scale previous the postliminary bout, with Curry weighing 176.2 kilos—4 pounds above their renegotiated 172-pound reduced in size weight restrict. The mark turned into expanded from 169, to which Crews-Dezurn conceded for the sake of constructing the battle best to develop annoyed together with her opponent’s lack of professionalism.
That stage of anger become appropriately channeled in the ring, because the Baltimore native dictated the tempo during their eight-circular affair. The bout was the first for Crews-Dezurn on account that suffering a controversial cut up decision defeat to Mexico’s Alejandra Jimenez closing January in San Antonio, which initially ended her unified title reign.
Jimenez turned into later popped for a banned substance, with the outcomes overturned to a No-Contest and the title reign restored for Crews-Dezurn who hadn’t fought for the reason that.
Little facts of ring rust confirmed in Saturday’s efficiency. Crews-Dezurn changed into sharp together with her jab, satisfactory to maintain the naturally larger Curry (8-14-4, 1KO) at bay. each time the 35-12 months old Missouri native worked her way interior, Crews-Dezurn would make her pay with fast fireplace left hooks and appropriate hands upstairs.
neatly forward on the scorecards deep into the fight, Crews-Dezurn under no circumstances shied from dispensing punishment. The 33-yr old champ scored with whipping left hooks and right arms to the physique, forcing Curry to clinch and spend the rest of the battle in retreat.
The win is the first for Crews-Dezurn because becoming a two-belt titlist in September 2019, as she improves to 7-1 (2KOs). The lone loss got here in her professional debut, a four-circular unanimous choice to fellow debutante and two-time Olympic Gold medalist Claressa Shields, who has considering the fact that emerged as a 3-division champ.
Crews-Dezurn’s successful effort came after the evening’s headliner, which noticed unbeaten lightweight Ryan Garcían increase from the canvas to ranking a 7th round knockout of England’s Luke Campbell.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox