Franchon Crews Dezurn (6-1, 2 KOs) defend her WBC Super Middleweight title and picked up the vacant WBO title with a 10-round unanimous decision win over Maricela Cornejo (13-4, 5 KOs) Saturday night at Dignity Health Sports Park.
The co-main event featured violent exchanges and big shots landed by both fighters but Crews prevailed with a solid job and power right hands.
Cornejo, who took the fight on two days notice, fought well in the rematch. The fight was close up until the seventh round as Cornejo was starting to wear down and looked exhausted.
Crews was scheduled to fight mandatory challenger Alejandra Jimenez from Mexico City, Mexico but she had an issue securing her visa.
The bout was all action from the opening bell. Crews was aggressive and landed the harder punches, but Cornejo was ready and willing to exchange.
In the fifth round, Cornejo landed some big shots and was finding success with the counter left hand. Crews ate a big left hook as the sixth round ended.
The champion finished strong, landing a left hook that stunned Cornejo in the ninth round. Crews landed the cleaner shots in the 10th and continued to come forward and stalk Cornejo.
After the fight, Crews expressed her excitement as she defended her title on Mexican Independence Day weekend.
“I’m so happy. First of all, I have history with Mexico, my sister is Mexican, I love boxing just like you,” said Crews. “I’m for unity and this is not just for me. This is for women boxers from Mexico and China and Russia and America.”