Shadasia Green was able to get what she wanted this time around.
Most Valuable Promotions (MVP) confirmed that its super middleweight contender is set to challenge for the vacant WBC title versus former undisputed champion Franchon Crews-Dezurn. The two have agreed to terms for their twice-ordered fight which will take place on December 15 at Caribe Royale in Orlando, Florida.
The championship clash will serve as the chief support of a DAZN show headlined by Jake Paul, Green’s promoter and co-founder of MVP who will face an opponent to be determined.
"I've poured blood, sweat, tears, and every ounce of determination into this journey,” Green said of the opportunity. “Stepping into the ring for the WBC super middleweight championship is a dream come true. Franchón is a beast in the ring, but make no mistake - when we meet in that ring, it's going to be an all-out war, and I'm coming for that title. I want to thank the WBC for this opportunity and MVP and my team for all they have done for me.
“Get ready for an epic battle on December 15th, with Shadasia Green emerging as the new WBC super middleweight champion.”
The fight was previously ordered by the WBC in April before the sanctioning body immediately reversed course and instead allowed Crews-Dezurn to defend versus Marshall, with the winner to have faced Green. Marshall won their July 1 clash via unanimous decision to claim the undisputed 168-pound championship but never came around to negotiating the mandatory title fight.
Marshall still holds the WBA, IBF and WBO titles. However, an injury left her unable to defend versus Green as she was downgraded to ‘Champion In Recess.’
The vacant title fight was once again ordered in late September, this time with the WBC sticking it out. The two boxers’ camps were able to reach a deal for what has become an anticipated title clash.
“I’m super excited about this fight on December 15th against Shadasia Green,” stated Crews-Dezurn. “I am looking forward to winning the WBC belt on my road back to becoming undisputed for a second time. Shadasia was always going to be my next fight. It’s just under a little different circumstances but the same mission.
“My goal is not to prove others wrong. I’m very confident in myself, so I’m just focused on proving myself right. I want to thank Most Valuable Promotions and my manager Peter Kahn for getting this fight done. I will put on an amazing show for the fans in Orlando, Florida and the fans watching on DAZN when I bring my title back home.”
Their announced fight came complete with an intense in-ring staredown Friday evening preceding Amanda Serrano’s featherweight championship defense versus Danila Ramos at the very venue that will host the December 15 show.
Green (13-0, 11KOs) became the mandatory after her Feb. 4 sixth-round knockout of former unified titlist Elin Cederroos. The bout was her first under MVP, having since added to her resume a ten-round decision over iron-chinned Olivia Curry who became the first to extend Green the full ten-round distance on August 5 in Dallas.
Crews-Dezurn (8-2, 2KOs; 1NC) won the WBC super middleweight title in a September 2013 majority decision over Marcela Cornejo. Their September 2019 rematch saw Crews-Dezurn win in more convincing fashion, which also came with the vacant WBO title at stake. She was originally due to face Mexico’s Alejandra Jimenez, who was injured and had to delay their fight by four months.
Jimenez initially claimed a split decision win in their rescheduled January 2020 clash, but the verdict was overturned after it was learned that she tested positive for the banned substance stanozolol. Crews-Dezurn waited out a lengthy review process with both the WBO and WBC before having her title reign fully restored.
Two fights later, Crews-Dezurn became undisputed champion following a lopsided win over the previously unbeaten Cederroos (8-2, 4KOs), who lost her IBF and WBA titles in their undisputed championship clash on the April 30 Katie Taylor-Amanda Serrano undercard at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The bout was the last to date for
Green was ringside both in support of Brooklyn’s Serrano (44-2-1, 30KOs)—MVP’s first signed boxer—and to scout the super middleweight fight with every intention of facing the winner.
She is once poised to face both, after going through Cederroos to land the top spot. Green was emphatic in her one-sided blitzing of Cederroos on the undercard of Serrano’s historic ten-round win over Mexico’s Erika Cruz in their historic undisputed featherweight championship clash.
The decision win over Curry snapped a nine-fight knockout streak for Green, a former standout high school and college basketball player from Patterson, New Jersey. The 33-year-old boxer has since emerged as the top super middleweight contender in the world.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox