After multiple attempts and a long delay, an undisputed super middleweight champion will finally be crowned later this year. Matchroom Boxing has announced the signings of Franchon Crews-Dezurn and Elin Cederroos.
The two will meet later this year, according to Matchroom and Eddie Hearn.
Crews-Dezurn made his professional debut in 2016, losing to Claressa Shields. After that loss, he hasn’t lost any of his other matches. He won the WBC super middleweight title in 2018 and won the WBO super middleweight title in 2019.
Crews-Dezurn faced Alejandra Jiménez in January 2020 and initially lost by split decision. However, Jiménez failed multiple drug tests and was stripped of the titles. The fight ended up being declared without competition. Crews-Dezern, however, had to wait a while for the WBC to return the belt to him, but it was eventually returned to him. Since then, she beat Ashleigh Curry in early January 2021.
“It’s not a party without The Heavy Hitting Diva!” Crews-Dezurn said. “I worked and earned everything I have, so if Elin or anyone else thinks they will take something from me, they really have me wrong.
“I really don’t want to talk, I’m just going to take that action to the main attraction and get everything I deserve. It’s about legacy and survival, so I thank Eddie Hearn, Matchroom, DAZN, and Peter Kahn for making this happen. It’s my time to live up to my own expectations. “
Cederroos made her debut in 2017. The Swedish fighter won the IBF super middleweight title against Femke Hermans. Making his United States debut in January 2020, Cederroos defeated Alicia Napoleon by unanimous decision to win the WBA super middleweight title.
“I’ve been ready for this fight for a long time,” Cederroos said. “I am grateful that Matchroom and DAZN gave us the opportunity to make it happen. It will be a prestigious fight for the world of boxing and a great step for women’s boxing. Hopefully I can show my true power. We come from the land of ice and snow. “
The two were supposed to fight in the Teofimo López-George Kambosos Jr. undercard co-feature event on June 19, 2021. That fight ended up being postponed after Lopez tested positive for COVID. A last minute fight was booked on September 14, but Cederroos was unable to enter the TrillerVerz card due to visa issues.
This fight will determine one of the few undisputed champions in current boxing. Claressa Shields (middleweight), Jessica McCaskill (welterweight), Katie Taylor (lightweight), Canelo Alvarez (super middleweight) and Josh Taylor (super lightweight) have all the gold within their divisions.
Matchroom will announce the date and location of the fight in the coming weeks.