Franchon Crews-Dezurn: Guess Who’s Back

By Xavier Porter –

January 9, 2018

Brooklyn, NY (Baltimore, MD):

“I’m following my life journey. I will not finish last.” – Franchon Crews-Dezurn

Highly decorated supermiddleweight Franchon Crews-Dezurn (2-1, 1 KO) remains in pursuit of achieving her lifelong goal of becoming a world champion. Formerly retired, Crews-Dezurn, with an everlasting love, passion, and fire to fight has decided to rescind her retirement and join the stable of fighters with Salita Promotions.

Having signed an exclusive promotional deal, Crews-Dezurn is eager to get back into the ring and showcase her skills. She’s been added to the stacked ShoBox Card.

Crews-Dezurn will be making her debut fighting under the Salita Promotions banner against North Carolina’s Tiffany Woodard on Friday, January 12, on the untelevised undercard of WBC/IBF World Champion Claressa Shields’ 168-pound title defense versus mandatory challenger Tori Nelson, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) from the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.

“I’m very excited and grateful for the opportunity to have such a great platform for me and for women’s boxing,” said Crews-Dezurn.

“There’s a lot of excitement in the Super Middleweight and Middleweight divisions and I can’t wait to be right in the thick of it. I love what Dmitriy has done with Claressa and he just signed Christina Hammer. I’m a fighter. I’d like to fight a few six and eight-rounders, build myself up inside and outside the ring through hard work.”

“There are some great fights out there. I’m excited. There’s Claressa, Hammer, Cornejo, Nikki Adler, and Tori Nelson. I want to fight for a world title before the end of the year, but my competitive side says let’s do it right now.”

Having represented Team USA in several international competitions, Crews-Dezurn made history by becoming the first of three women in the United States to qualify and compete in the debut of women’s boxing at the Pan American Games. She is an eight-time US Open National Champion, a four-time National Female Golden Gloves Champion, a four-time Pan Am Continental Champion, a two-time National PAL Champion, and a two-time US Olympic Team Alternate.

In speaking with Crews-Dezurn, the two-time World Medalist and 15x national Champion shared her reasons for returning to boxing, a sport that she loves and has a deep-rooted passion for.

“I’m following my life journey. I stepped away from boxing, but as fate would have it, it didn’t last long. Honestly, my passion is to fight and to win. It’s what drives me; it’s what brought me back. Life is crazy and even when you have a plan, things can go a different way. Boxing takes a toll on you and it’s not for the weak.”

“I’ve been doing this for so long and it seems at time that the good guys finish last. I have so more that I want to do, so much more that I want to accomplish. I will not finish last.”

Born in Virginia, living in Baltimore, Crews-Dezurn trains and fights out of Washington, DC. Growing up and fighting out of the DMV area is tough for any fighter (male or female). In doing so, she credits both her mother and her husband (Glenn Dezurn, Jr.), a professional fighter himself, with her continued drive to fight through all obstacles, during her journey towards becoming a world champion.

“I am a natural fighter. I grew up fighting boys and girls in school, but boxing picked me. Once I began boxing fulltime, it was around the time my mother started battling health conditions. She is a huge motivating factor behind my decision to fight. She passed away last year, and her legacy drives my motivation to win and be great.”

“My husband is my best friend and my solider. He helped me take care of my mom. I’m blessed that he is a physical manifestation of love. I’ve never connected with someone like him. We have a real deep connection. When he fights and when I fight, we’re both fighting. He accepts me, and I accept him. We never see less in each other. accept his flaws and all and he never sees me as less; no matter the circumstance. He’s always had my best interest he spoke to my soul during the 2012 Olympic trials.”

Franchon Crews-Dezurn with her husband Glenn Dezurn Jr. - photo courtesy of Trappfotos

Franchon Crews-Dezurn with her husband Glenn Dezurn Jr. – photo courtesy of Trappfotos

“I’ve never connected with someone like that. It’s really a deep connection. When he fights, I feel like I’m fighting, and vice versa. He helped me take care of my mom. My mom really was fond of him. You can’t find a great human being you can trust with your life. He’s just super cool and a real man.”

Since stepping up on short notice and losing a decision in an exciting fight to former amateur rival Claressa Shields in November 2016, Crews-Dezurn spent 2017 by beating Louisiana-based contenders Latashia Burton (TKO 1) in March; and Sydney LeBlanc (UD 4) in August.

Franchon Crews-Dezurn vs Claressa Shields

Crews-Dezurn, who currently trains at the Headbangers Boxing Gym in Washington, DC, under well-regarded trainer Barry Hunter, as well as Patrice “Boogie” Harris, Jamie Harris, and her husband Dezurn Jr., says that she’s looking to rise in the rankings, on her way to high-profile showdowns, including a possible rematch with Shields.

“I’ve been training there for the last three years. The whole team is amazing. I train with world champions and title contenders. The level of intensity is always very high. Female fighters train just as hard and take just as many take punches as the men do. We endure so much in the sport as the men do. It’s a family atmosphere. I love it there. It’s great to have a team that believes in your abilities and your worth.”

“There are so many amazing women who fight and deserve the opportunity to showcase their skills to the world and to the fans. Boxing is a tough business; not just inside the ring but outside of it as well. You need to have good people around you and you always have to go hard for yourself.”

Outside of boxing, Crews-Dezurn is an entrepreneur, a key note speaker, and a very talented singer and songwriter. She’s appeared on Fox’s American Idol and continues to work hard to uplift women from her community and throughout the entire world.

“I’m a wife, a college student, an entrepreneur, and all-around person who wants to make a positive change for my city. I take pride in being a woman of color and I’m grateful for other women of color as well. What I’ve tried to do is live my life through good and bad situations and in my position, I’m able to be seen. If I can inspire women that means a lot to me.”

“I know what it’s like to be down and that little glimpse of light rejuvenates you. Humility and gratitude are two things I hold dear because no matter how bad my situation may seem someone out there is going through worst. I learned that taking care of my mom and in her words, I have to ‘keep it moving’.”

“Right now, Baltimore is going through a lot and I would love for my people to see their worth and live out their potential. I want to lead by example. It’s amazing that people know me and my husband’s grind and be able to relate to our ambitions. Both my husband and I are committed to being true leaders in our community. Our commitment to keeping family as the number one priority and being mentors to others is very important to both us.”

With her career back on track, Crews-Dezurn has several goals that she wants to accomplish. It all begins on January 12.

“I am proud of the strides that I am making place in the sport. As I stated before, boxing chose me so everything I’ve done so far is really a result of seizing the opportunity and having the will to be great. I never planned on turning professional. The level of competition is continuing to grow. I adapted and took my skill to another level.”

“My goal is to become a world champion, along with my husband, and headline a fight card together. I also want to open the doors for women to have a chance in the future in this sport. It is important to me not only as a fighter, but also as a woman in this sport. We need support from fans, promoters, and the media to help our sport grow.”

“Women’s boxing is suddenly flooded with great talent and Franchon, as a pioneering woman of the modern boxing age, deserves to be part of that group,” said Dmitriy Salita. “I’m happy to have reached an agreement with her. With her tremendous skill and marketable personality, Franchon has the potential to become another women’s superstar in a golden age for the sport.”

Being featured on the January 12 telecast will be Uzbekistan power-puncher Shohjahon Ergashev (11-0, 11 KOs) who is scheduled to face fellow undefeated and top-10 ranked Sonny Fredrickson (18-0, 12 KOs) of Toledo, Ohio. In the co-feature, Jesse Hernandez (10-1, 7 KOs) will take on Ernesto Garza (9-2, 5 KOs; 1-3 WSB) in a 10-round super bantamweight bout. Also, being featured on this telecast is undefeated, rising prospect Super Lightweight Bakhtiyar Eyubov (13-0, 11 KOs).

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by Salita Promotions, are currently on sale for $75 for the first two rows of ringside, $65 for remaining ringside seats and all others priced at $49 and $37, plus any applicable fees. Tickets can be purchased in person or by calling the Turning Stone Resort Box Office at 800.771.7711 or online at Ticketmaster.

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