Mexico’s Alejandra “La Tigre” Jiménez, a former heavyweight world champion, made history by defeating Franchon Crews-Dezurn to capture world titles at super middleweight at the Alamodome of San Antonio, Texas, on January 14, after a non-stop slugfest over 10 rounds, which saw the judges split with scores of 97-93 and 98-92 to the Mexican, while the third one saw the American as the winner with a 96-93 card.
Following the epic victory, the world champion failed VADA doping tests, launching an immediate investigation.
Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy, has issued the following statement in response to World Boxing Organization’s decision to reinstate Franchon Crews-Dezurn as its Super Middleweight World Champion: “Justice has been served. The WBO has made the correct decision by reinstating ‘The Heavy-Hitting Diva’ as its super middleweight world champion. Although these things take time, it is always great to see justice in action, especially in the sport that I love the most. We hope that others follow suit in recognizing her as the champion, and we look forward to her ring return in the near future.”
On January 24, 2020, the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association notified the WBC that the contents of an out-of-competition urine “A” sample container that VADA collected from Alejandra Jimenez on January 10, 2020, as part of the WBC Clean Boxing Program, yielded an adverse finding for Stanozolol.
Stanozolol is a synthetic steroid and derivative of testosterone, which has anabolic and androgenic qualities. Stanozolol is included in VADA’s and the WBC’s Clean Boxing Program list of banned substances. On February 19, 2020, the contents of the “B” sample container confirmed the adverse finding, which Ms. Jimenez was disputing.
On February 10, 2020, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation suspended Alejandra Jimenez for 90 days and declared the bout a “No Decision”.
In light of Ms. Jimenez’ adverse finding, on January 27, 2020, the WBC provisionally suspended its recognition of Alejandra Jimenez as WBC Super Middleweight World Champion.