MERRILLVILLE, Ind. -- She only had 3
professional fights, but across the ring, she faced a two-time world
champion with a record of 43 wins, 8 losses, 2 draws, and 18
That and her
opponent was the celebrated female boxer, Mia Rosales-St. John.
Making numerous media appearances leading up to the fight, it was
assumed that she’d steamroll her little known opponent who came as a
last minute replacement for her originally scheduled opponent,
Rita Figueroa, who’d pulled out due to a torn rotator cuff in
“I got a call six days ago. I hadn’t
been training, but I’m always in shape,” Brooke Dierdorff
Whatever illusions Rosales-St. John
harbored going in, they were jarred loose with a booming right to
the head in round one. The blow stopped St. John in tracks and
caused her to do a slight stutter step.
The war was on.
Both had their moments, as they
mauled, slugged and roughed each other up non-stop for six rounds.
It wasn’t so much a boxing match, but a primeval brawl with pink
Dierdorff crowded and threw the full
weight of her body behind virtually ever swing, winging hurtful
blows to body and head. Rosales-St. John slugged back fiercely,
catching her more aggressive foe with rights coming in and
combinations in close. There was a lot of grappling in close and a
little hitting and holding on her part. Yet, for all her experience,
shed couldn’t quite offset her younger tormentor’s raw aggression
Dierdorff wasn’t intimidated and, at
times, manhandled Rosales-St. John when pinned on the ropes,
forcibly grabbing and turning her back to the ropes. She was just
that strong and energetic. And, she was beating Rosales-St. John up.
In the fourth, Rosales-St. John fell
on her backside from what appeared to be a punch landed while she
was off balance and squared-up. Referee Kurt Spivey ruled it
“I thought it was a knockdown. I
landed an uppercut,” said Dierdorff.
Asked if she thought Spivey was fair,
she said, “Yes…(but) the ref was in really close. When I hit her she
fell into him several times. I think that helped her (remain
Going into the sixth and final round,
St. John appeared behind in points. Gathering herself up, she
repeatedly backed Dierdorff to the ropes and battered with both
fists. Dierdorff fought back hard, but fighting in her first
six-rounder, she seemed to tire and was clearly edged in this round.
It was now up to the scorecards.
The crowd, which earlier cheered on
Rosales-St. John, booed when they began to announce the last score
card: 58 to 56 for the still…”
Boos resounded in the Star Plaza
Cheering rose, mixing with the boos.
Cheers thundered. This evening, the
underdog had won, and deservedly so.
Judges scored the bout 59-55 for
Dierdorff, 59-55 for Mia Rosales-St. John, and 58-56 for Dierdorff,
giving her a split decision win.
The two combatants embraced. Her face
swollen, Mia Rosales-St. John quietly exited the ring with her
corner men in tow. Tonight, there would be no more media appearances
Dierdorff, who weighed in at 129 lbs.
to Rosales-St. John’s 136, said, “I don’t think she thought I was
Well, she was, and then some.
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