Crews-Dezurn v Cederroos Undisputed super middleweight clash added to Taylor-Serrano
Madison Square Garden will now host at least two Undisputed Championship bouts on April 30.
The oft-postponed WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO super middleweight title fight between Franchon Crews-Dezurn and Elin Cederroos now has a home, as the fight was added to an increasingly powerful DAZN show on April 30 at the MSG in New York. News of the championship clash was confirmed by Matchroom Boxing on Tuesday, serving as support for another undisputed champion, as reigning lightweight queen Katie Taylor (20-0, 6KOs) defends her crown against record titlist in seven divisions Amanda Serrano (42 -1-1, 30KO).
“Next fight announced for the huge #TaylorSerrano card – the undisputed world super middleweight championship,” Eddie Hearn, chairman of Matchroom Sport, announced on Tuesday. “#CrewsDezurnCederroos April 30 live on DAZN from Madison Square Garden.”
A press conference will be held Wednesday at MSG to officially announce Taylor-Serrano with the undercard.
Crews-Dezurn (7-1, 2KOs; 1ND) had her unified WBC/WBO title reign restored nearly two years ago after a contentious bout with Mexican Alejandra Jimenez. The January 2020 clash in San Antonio initially saw Jimenez claim a disputed split decision victory, only to have the verdict overturned by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) after the 33-year-old unbeaten from Cancun had tested positive for the banned substance stanozolol.
The chain of events prompted the WBO to restore Crews-Dezurn’s title reign last March, while the WBC was slower to fire before finally correcting itself last June. Crews-Dezurn has since returned to the ring last January, earning an eight-round victory over Ashleigh Curry who was severely underweight for her non-title bout at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Cederroos (8-0, 4KOs) hasn’t fought since unifying the WBA and IBF titles in a thrilling 10-round unanimous decision victory over Alicia Napoleon at a January 2020 Showtime event in Atlantic City. . The fight was scored 95-94 on all three cards, with a 2nd round knockdown giving the margin of victory to Sweden’s Cederroos who made her United States debut.
The upcoming showdown with Crews-Dezurn will mark his second straight United States appearance and third overall title fight for Cederroos, who won the IBF belt after a 10-round majority decision win over Femke Hermans in March. 2019.
Crews-Dezurn and Cederroos were originally linked to the traveling circus which was the WBA/IBF/WBO lightweight title clash between Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos. Both fights were scheduled to take place on a Triller Fight Club Pay-Per-View last June in Miami, only to suffer two postponements within a month before moving altogether. The super middleweight championship was moved to a TrillerVerz show in September, only to be off the bill after it was learned that Cederroos’ trip to the United States was never secured by event managers.
The fallout was the last straw for Crews-Dezurn, who parted ways with Golden Boy Promotions to test the free agent market. She and Cederroos were both signed by Matchroom in early January, with the announcement accompanied by confirmation that an undisputed championship clash was ahead.
The winner will become the sport’s sixth true undisputed champion, joining Katie Taylor (lightweight), Jessica McCaskill (welterweight) and Claressa Shields (junior middleweight) on the women’s side. Josh Taylor (junior welterweight) and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez are the only current undisputed men’s champions.
Shields was also previously the undisputed middleweight champion and remains the division’s lineal champion. She fights this weekend, with a win over Ema Kozin leading to an undisputed middleweight championship clash with WBO title slate Savannah Marshall later this year.
An undisputed junior welterweight championship is also in the works between WBC/IBF champion Chantelle Cameron (15-0, 8KOs) and WBA/WBO/IBO title roster Kali Reis (19-7-1, 5KOs).
The announcement of the undisputed super middleweight championship marks the third confirmed bout for the April 30 DAZN show. The rescheduled junior middleweight clash between former two-division titlist Jessie Vargas and former WBO junior middleweight titleholder Liam Smith was also revealed earlier on Tuesday.
At least one more women’s title fight is set to land on April 30, whether it’s an undisputed or unified championship clash.
Jake Donovan is Senior Writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox