Franchon Crews-Dezurn upsets Shadasia Green

We have a new WBC super middleweight women’s world champion.

After Franchon Crews-Dezurn upset the previously undefeated Shadasia Green in a grueling ten-round fight world title fight set as the co-feature of a DAZN telecast headlined by Jake Paul versus Andre August, from the Caribe Royale in Orlando, Florida.  

The bout had animosity. Green (13-1, 11 KOs) claimed Crews-Dezurn (9-2, 2 KOs) spit on her during their time on the USA Boxing team. Yet, it was settled in the ring on Friday night. 

The bout was tense as the bad blood seemed to boil into nerves for both. Through three rounds, CompuBox had Green landing 19 of 57 punches whereas Crews-Dezurn landed 21 of 113. The early story of the bout was simple. Crews-Dezurn was busier while Green was more economical, but also more effective. 

Green would land a telling body shot, but the forward pressure and volume of Crews-Dezurn was the story of the fight. Green was landing the cleaner punches, but the smothering of Crews-Dezurn was giving her issues. As the bout headed into the sixth round, it got ugly. Clinches happened often, and the pace slowed. 

Green, who had been a knockout puncher before this contest looked flat at times. Crews-Dezurn didn’t look amazing, but she stayed active and proved a tough opponent to solve. With a lot of hype around Green as one of the hidden gems of boxing. One might wonder if the hype around here also contributed to some of the difficulties of the bout. Nothing went as Green probably envisioned. Crews-Dezurn came to win and never saw her will to win altered. If anything Crews-Dezurn got stronger as the fight went along.

Punch stats saw the bout as close. Green landed 77 out of 240 punches, whereas Crews-Dezurn landed 78 punches of 382 thrown. The difference in the fight was volume. 

The judges scored the bout 98-92, 97-93, 97-93 all for Crews-Dezurn.  

The 36-year-old veteran Crews-Dezurn picks up a career-reviving win over the 34-year-old Green. Most notable was that a fight thought to be a barnburner turned into a cool simmer. 

Rounding out the card, junior middleweight Yoenis Tellez (7-0, 6 KOs) got a tenth-round one-punch knockout of Livan Navarro (15-2, 9 KOs). Tellez landed a thunderous left hook that sent Navarro down with a single shot in the final round. Referee Alica Collins waived the bout off as soon as Navarro hit the canvas. The time was 1:21.   

Tellez’s previous fight was on the Errol Spence Jr versus Terence Crawford card. Tellez was the opening fight of the pay-per-view card. He stopped Sergio Garcia in three rounds.  

The opening bout was eventful as heavyweight prospect Lorenzo "The Giant Killer" Medina (9-0, 8 KOs) stopped Joshua Temple (12-3, 10 KOs) in the sixth round. A crisp right-hand wobbled Temple at the start of the sixth round. The bout was stopped seconds later. The official time of the stoppage was 0:29, as referee Chris Young waived the fight off. 

The card was promoted by Most Valuable Promotions.