(APR 19) WBAN had an opportunity to
talk with Brooke Dierdorff this week and go one on one in an
interview. Dierdorff just had a "big" win in Mexico when she
won the WBC International title.
TL Fox: Brooke, in your bio on WBAN it says that you first got
interested in boxing when you were enlisted in the U.S. Army, and
saw a female fight---can you go into more detail about who you saw
fight and what impact it had on you to get into boxing?
Brooke: When I was stationed in Fort Carson, Colorado, in the Army,
I went to fights at a local place weekly and watched it. It was more
of a tough man/woman competition anyone there could fight in them
for fun type of thing! I got interested in boxing at that time and
after I got out of the Army I wanted to take up boxing.
TL Fox: When you began training in boxing, what was
initially your goal when you got into the sport?
Brooke: When I first started boxing it was just for the fun of the
sport and to stay in good shape. I was always very athletic and
played all sports in school and missed the competition of it all.
After only a few weeks of training, I wanted to start competing in
the amateurs so I did and I had a natural talent in the sport 'so I
was told' so stuck with it! After I started competing in the
amateurs my goal was to win the golden gloves nationals then turn
pro which I did several times! After training for a few weeks
with trainer Jessie Torres in Aurora, Illinois, he said I should
compete in the golden gloves in Chicago IL that next week so I did.
I entered in the open division and took 2nd place at the golden
TL Fox: We have a 12-2 amateur record on you as a boxer---do you
feel that you turned pro at the right time, or in retrospect, do you
wish that you had stayed longer in the amateurs?
Brooke: I feel that I turned pro at the exact right time.
I wasn't able to travel as much as some of the amateurs when I was
fighting and I wasn't able to get show fights in my area any more at
that time, no one would fight me.. So I was only getting to
fight once a year at best at the golden gloves in Chicago and was
winning those fights. The last year that I was amateur I went to the
gloves and there were a full roster of girls in my weight class.
When I went to fight there were only a few--- they had changed
weight classes. At that time I felt it was either time to quit
competing or try out the pros. II couldn't give up the
competition, so I decided to turn pro!
TL Fox: In today's sport, what is your opinion on women
boxers who skip the amateurs, and go directly into the pro circuit?
Brooke: You know what---honestly I don't think that its the best
choice but for women its harder to get fights as a pro or an amateur
fighter unless you have someone that will help you pay for the costs
of traveling to all the tournaments, etc. So, I know that
there are a lot more girls just going pro without amateur careers
and its ok in my eyes. They would be much better prepared for the
pro's if they would take the time to compete in the amateurs some
before doing this but some girls just don't have that luxury.
TL Fox: You just recently won the WBC International title,
where do you want to go from here?
Brooke: Now that I'm the WBC International Lightweight Champ,
I want to go back to my regular weight class at featherweight (126
lbs). I want to fight Ina Menzer for her WBC World Title
or Myriam Chomaz for the WBC International title. I also
want to fight for the WBC title at Super feather weight 130!
My goal is to have 3 WBC Titles in 3 different weight classes so I
can go down as pound for pound! I will also fight anyone
who is willing to get in the ring with me. I get so sick of girls
not fighting challenging fights and taking all these walk over
fights when they should be fighting girls in there class! I have had
the hardest time my entire career getting girls to fight me and I'm
sick of it. If you don't want to fight the best get out of this
sport! I can honestly say that I earned my title it wasn't given to
me... I will fight anyone from 126-135! But prefer 126-130!
TL Fox: Has there been any contact with the promoter or
team of Mary McGee or Kristy Follmar for any future fights?
Brooke, No I have not been contact to fight either of these girls, I
know that after I fought Mia St. John the first time everyone asked
me after that fight if I would fight Mary McGee and I said yes I
would fight her but I don't think that her or her team will allow
that to happen. I will fight either one of them or the winner of the
fight for their titles too! You already know me well and I will
fight anyone anywhere that is a known proven fact!
TL Fox: Out of all of your pro fights, who has been your
toughest opponent in the ring?
Brooke: That is a hard question to answer for me because I have only
fought the best fighters out there, either girls that were ranked in
the top 5 or were at the time champions or former world champions so
all my fights have been very competitive!
TL Fox: When you are not boxing, what do you like to do?
Brooke: When I'm not boxing I like to go dancing, have BBQ's, hang
out with my daughter, fiancée, family, and friends. I also like to
go boating, camping, play any sports, etc..
TL Fox: Are you able to train in boxing full time, or do
you work and train at the same time?
I unfortunately don't have a promoter or any sponsors at this time
in my career so I'm not able to train full time. I work a full time
job 7:30 to 3:30 and do my training in the evenings. I run the
office at a garage door company do everything to keep the business
running! I also help train other fighters with my fiancé! If there
are any promoters that would like to talk about making a deal or any
sponsors interested in helping me out I would love to talk with you
about this and see what we can work out! I would love to be able to
train more often and work less hours!
TL Fox: What advice would you give other women boxers who
are entering the sport? The pros and cons they are facing.
Brooke: Well the sport of boxing is as we all know it a very tough
business to enter especially for women. If you are serious about
boxing and want to give it your all go for it but be prepared to
work twice as hard as the men in the business and be ready for all
the negatives that come along with the sport! If your a woman in
boxing you need to do it for the love of the sport more so than
anything else because it is extremely hard for any women in this
business. The pro's to boxing is the training, traveling, meeting
other fighters things like that. The con's of women's boxing is
getting fights, getting good offers, dealing with mostly men in the
business, things like that. But if you want to do it, do it to the
fullest and give it your all! Follow your dreams and your heart!
TL Fox: Is there anything I have not asked you that you
would like to comment about?
I will fight anyone, anywhere from 126-135 so please contact me! At
this time I don't have a promoter to put on shows so you will have
to have a venue and promoter to put on the shows! Any promoters or
sponsors that are looking for fighters to work with also please
contact me! I also want to fight anyone from 126-135 that has titles
any titles but especially WBC titles so I hope that we can make this
happen now that I'm the WBC International Champ! Please contact my
trainer/manager Chris Millbrook 630-687-3746 or email WBAN and they can
contact me as well! I'm comfortable at 126-130 especially!
Also, I want to thank my trainer for everything he has done
for me in my life and my career! I also want to thank all my family,
daughter, mom and dad, brothers & my friends for all their love and
support always no matter what! Thanks I did it!
WBAN would like to thank Brooke for taking the time to be