Madison Square Garden will now play host to at least two undisputed championship fights 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 bout has been added to an increasingly potent April 30 DAZN show at MSG in New York City. News of the championship clash was confirmed by Matchroom Boxing on Tuesday, serving in supporting capacity to another undisputed champion, as reigning lightweight queen Katie Taylor (20-0, 6KOs) defends her crown versus record-setting seven-division titlist Amanda Serrano (42-1-1, 30KOs).
“Next fight announced for the huge #TaylorSerrano card – the undisputed World Super Middleweight Championship,” Eddie Hearn, chairman of Matchroom Sport announced Tuesday. “#CrewsDezurnCederroos April 30 live on DAZN from Madison Square Garden.”
A press conference will be held Wednesday at MSG to formally announce Taylor-Serrano along with the undercard.
Crews-Dezurn (7-1, 2KOs; 1ND) saw her unified WBC/WBO title reign restored nearly two years ago following a controversial fight with Mexico’s Alejandra Jimenez. The Jan. 2020 clash in San Antonio initially saw Jimenez claim a disputed split decision win, only for the verdict to be overturned by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) after the unbeaten 33-year-old from Cancun 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 the draw before finally coming correct last June. Crews-Dezurn has since returned to the ring last January, scoring an eight-round points win over Ashleigh Curry who badly missed weight for their non-title fight at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Cederroos (8-0, 4KOs) has not fought since unifying the WBA and IBF titles in a thrilling 10-round unanimous decision win over Alicia Napoleon as part of a January 2020 Showtime event in Atlantic City. The fight was scored 95-94 on all three cards, with a 2nd round knockdown providing the margin of victory for Sweden’s Cederroos who made her U.S. debut.
The upcoming showdown with Crews-Dezurn will mark her second straight stateside appearance and third overall title fight for Cederroos, who claimed the IBF belt following a 10-round majority decision win over Femke Hermans in March 2019.
Crews-Dezurn and Cederroos were originally tied to the traveling circus that was the WBA/IBF/WBO lightweight title clash between Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos. Both bouts were due to take place on a Triller Fight Club Pay-Per-View last June in Miami, only to suffer two postponements within the month before relocating altogether. The super middleweight championship was moved to a September TrillerVerz show, only to drop from the bill after it was learned that Cederroos’ travel to the U.S. was never secured by event handlers.
The fallout was the last straw for Crews-Dezurn, who split from Golden Boy Promotions in testing the free agent market. She and Cederroos were both signed by Matchroom in early January, the announcement accompanied by confirmation that an undisputed championship clash was forthcoming.
The winner will become the sixth true undisputed champion in the sport, joining Katie Taylor (lightweight), Jessica McCaskill (welterweight) and Claressa Shields (junior middleweight) on the female side. Josh Taylor (junior welterweight) and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez are the only current male undisputed champions.
Shields also previously served as undisputed middleweight champion and remains the division’s lineal champ. She fights this weekend, with a win over Ema Kozin leading to an undisputed middleweight championship clash with WBO titlist Savannah Marshall later this year.
Also in the works is an undisputed junior welterweight championship between WBC/IBF champ Chantelle Cameron (15-0, 8KOs) and WBA/WBO/IBO titlist Kali Reis (19-7-1, 5KOs).
The announcement of the undisputed super middleweight championship marks the third confirmed fight for the April 30 DAZN show. Also revealed earlier Tuesday was the rescheduled junior middleweight clash between former two-division titlist Jessie Vargas and former WBO junior middleweight titleholder Liam Smith.
At least one more female title fight is expected to land on the April 30, whether an undisputed or unified championship clash.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox