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Brooke Dierdorff with WBC belt

 
   

5'$' featherweight Brooke "No Mercy" Dierdorff was born on June 15, 1981, in Canton, Illinois. She grew up as the youngest of three in a small town - Somonauk, Illinois - and graduated from Somonuk High School in 1999.  Brooke participated in basketball, volleyball, softball, and track throughout school.  She was offered a scholarship to play basketball at Northen Illinois University but instead joined the U.S. Army after high school in 2000.

Dierdorff was enlisted in the U.S. Army for two years.  While serving in the Army she attended a female fight and became interested in the sport of boxing.  She was released from the Army and returned home to Illinois where she began training at Jessie (The) TorresBoxing Gym in Aurora, Illinois in October 2004.

Dierdorff competed in the Women's Chicago Golden Gloves Nationals in October 2004 and took second place in the 138-lb open division despite never having competed before.  After the National Tournament Dierdorff met Sam Colonna from Windy City Gym and began training with him, traveling the hour and a half drive to Chicago. .

Dierdorff took first place in te 125-lb division at the Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament in May 2005 and tnen competed in 7 shows throughout Chicago, moving her amateur record to 10-1.

In November 2005 she competed once again in the Women's Chicago Golden Gloves Nationals and took second place competing three days in a row.  She beat two top contenders who were ranked 2nd and 3rd, but lost by decision in the finals.

In 2006 Dierdorff again competed in the Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament taking first place.


Dierdorff (L) vs Mayfield in her pro debut

On September 1, 2006 she won her pro debut at the Par-A-Dice Casino in East Peoria, Illinois, weighing in at 122 lbs and TKO'ing Geboria Mayfield (5'5",122 lbs) of Columbus, Mississippi at 1:34 in the second round of a scheduled four-rounder. Mayfiel fell to 1-1 with the loss.


Dierdorff (R) vs Mercedes Mercury

On January 26, 2007 at the Cicero Stadium in Cicero, Illinois, promoted by Eight Count and Golden Boy Promotions, Dierdorff (123 lbs) TKO’d Mercedes Mercury (127 lbs) of Centennial, Colorado at 1:05 in the fourth round of a scheduled four round bout. Mercury fell to 3-9-0 with the loss.

On April 7, 2007 at the Par-A-Dice Casino in Peoria, Illinois, Dierdorff (130 lbs) brutalized DJ Morrison (132 lbs) of Billings, Montana from the opening bell until the bout was stopped at 1:12 of the first round of the scheduled four Dierdorff raised her record to 3-0 (3 KO's) while Morrison fell to 0-2.


Dierdorff (R) vs St. John in April 2007
Copyrighted photo by Juan C. Allyon

This same month on April 20, 2007, at the Star Plaza Theater, in Merrillville, Indiana, Dierdorff (129 lbs) pulled an upset when she beat seasoned veteran Mia St.John (136 lbs). Dierdorff won by a six-round split decision (judges scores 59-55 (St. John) , 59-55, 58-56 (Dierdorff).  Dierdorff came out very aggressively in the early rounds, while St. John whose left eye was nearly swollen shut, finished the fight strong. According to WBAN correspondent Juan C. Allyon, "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 her 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 gloves on. Dierdorff crowded and threw the full weight of her body behind virtually every 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, she couldn’t quite offset her younger tormentor’s raw aggression and power. 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 a slip. 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." Dierdorff was a late replacement for Rita Figueroa who was injured during training. Dierdorff earned an honorable mention with WBAN as fighter of the month for this win. [ Video-youtube]

"I took that fight on four days notice after Rita Figueroa got hurt and had to drop out", Brooke later told WBAN correspondent Bernie McCoy. "I didn't have time to properly train and make weight but I still thought I won easily. There was a lot of talk about how I got a 'hometown' decision. The fact is I live in Illinois and the fight was in Indiana, and the truth is that Mia was the attraction that night, she was the 'house' fighter. She even came into the ring wearing the promoter's logo ... I won that first bout straight up."


Villarreal vs Dierdorff in July 2007
Copyrighted p
hoto taken by Mary Ann Owen

On July 2, 2007, Elizabeth Villerreal Moreno (126 lbs) from San Antonio, Texas met Dierdorff (123 lbs) at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California for a six-round featherweight bout that was scheduled to be televised. The fight was declared a technical draw and stopped after  its second round from an accidental headbutt that took place in the first round. [Photo gallery #424].

Dierdorff vs garside

Garside vs Dierdorff in September 2007
Copyrighted photos taken by Dan Graschuk

On September 21, 2007, at the Meadowbrook Music Festival, in Rochester Hills, Michigan, Border City Boxing Club's Jeannine "Heartless" Garside TKO'd Dierdorff at 1:10 in the sixth round, of a scheduled six round bout. Both fighters carried undefeated records into the ring, and there was no love lost between the two from the opening bell. Garside knocked Dierdorff down three times, before referee Frank Garza called a halt to the bout in round six.  In one news article they stated, "Garside came out aggressively, sending Dierdorff down for a flash knockdown at the end of the first round with an extended flurry along the ropes.  Showing her toughness, Dierdorff  recovered well and the next five rounds were a festival of power punching that had the crowd roaring at every turn of momentum. Back and forth the two women went, first one taking the initiative and then the other. Dierdorff's corner threw in the towel in the 6th and final round after Dierdorff was knocked down again."  The fight was not without controversy after Garside punched at Dierdorff after Dierdorff went down against the ropes in the first round, risking a disqualification. Dierdorff recovered well and her accurate punching made a fight of it until Garside got the upper hand in the final round.  Garside's record improved to 7-0-1 (3 KOs), while Dierdorff's fell to 4-1-1 (3 KOs). (For more of Dan Graschuk's photos of this fight, see MPEG/Photo Gallery #447 on the WBAN Records Member Site).

On January 31, 2008 at the Utopia Paradise Theater in the Bronx, New York, former IWBF world champion  Alicia "Slick" Ashley (121 lbs) of Westbury, New York lived up to her nickname with a smooth eight round unanimous (79-73,78-74,80-72) decision over a game Dierdorff (120 lbs) employing early round, ring-wide, movement and late round, pinpoint punching, WBAN correspondent Bernie McCoy wrote that ""Slick" is not only Ashley's nickname, it's an accurate description of her silky smooth moves in the ring. That graceful aspect of Ashley's repertoire was on full display over eight rounds against a game, determined Brooke Dierdorff, who defines the description, "she comes to fight." Dierdorff took the fight to Ashley early in the bout, but Ashley's movement was the defining factor for the first couple of rounds. In the middle rounds, Ashley started to land her jab frequently and had Dierdorff bleeding from the nose. Dierdorff's best round was the fifth when she managed to catch Ashley with a couple of hard shots, but the veteran fighter regrouped, got back into her rhythm and clinched the bout with big seventh and eighth rounds, when Ashley landed her hardest punches of the bout." The win gave the veteran Ashley the vacant NABF super bantamweight crown and improved her record to 14-7-1. [Video - You Tube]

On March 27, 2008, at the Main Street Armory, in Rochester, New York, featherweight Ela Nunez (126 lbs) TKO’d Dierdorff (127 lbs) at 1:05 in the fifth round of a scheduled eight rounder.  Nunez improved to 6-3 (2 KO's) with the win.

On September 20, 2008, at the Mile High Events Center in Commerce City, Colorado, undefeated Jennifer Barber (125 lbs) from Northridge, California won an eight-round unanimous (80-71,80-71,79-72) decision over Dierdorff (124 lbs) for the vacant NABF featherweight title. According to Eric Duran of Rocky Mountain Boxing, "In the opening round, Dierdorff ... came out with the strategy of trying to bully Barber. It worked for most of the first round as Dierdorff banged away at the body when both fighters were clinched. In the 2nd round, it was more of the same, Dierdorff banging away in the clinch. Barber's skills were on display with some nice combinations, but it was the pressure of Dierdorff that won her the round on my card. Round 3 was all Barber as she picked up her pace and displayed some very good boxing abilities. In the first minute of the round, Barber opened up a cut over the left eye of Dierdorff with a counter right hand. Barber ends the round with a straight right that buckles the knees of Dierdorff. In Round 4, Barber opened up her arsenal of weapons, unleashing furious combinations onto Dierdorff. Midway through the round, Barber catches Dierdorff with a straight right hand that wobbles her. Round 5 started off with back and forth action as both fighters are putting in work. Yet it's Barber who weathers the storm and dominates the remainder of the round with lead left hooks and lead right hands. Round 6 was slow as both fighters look to rest before the championship rounds of this 8 round contest. Barber establishes her herself in the round with a straight right hand that hurts the fading Dierdorff. Round 7 was all Barber as a counter left hook flattens Dierdorff in the opening minute of the round. A nice 'short shot' hook.  From there on out, Barber continues to catch Dierdorff with flush shots as the blood from the previous cut over Dierdorff's eye continues to flow. After 8 rounds of beautiful boxing, Barber slows her pace and coasts to easy victory, keeping Dierdorff at bay with a stinging jab."  Barber improved her pro record to 8-0 (4 KO's) with this win.


St.John and Dierdorff before their rematch

On April 4, 2009 at Ciudad Victoria in Tamaulipas, Mexico, Brooke Dierdorff (131 lbs) won an eight round unanimous (76-77,78-76,77-75) decision over Mia St. John (130 lbs) for the WBC International lightweight title.  According to James Blears at Boxingscene.com, "Mia who'd lost in their first encounter in April 2007 due to a telephone booth style brawl, tried to use her longer reach this time around to box, but Brooke was again successful with her rough tactics which weren't elegant, but they proved effective. Mia started well boxing intelligently, but as the fight wore on there were more and more clinches. Mia whose left cheek was scuffed raw fought back with courage, cuffing Brooke in clinches with some short rights and going to the body. But Brooke's work rate was higher and she was giving marginally more than she was taking although there were not too many clean connecting punches. Mia caught Brooke charging in with a peach of a long arching right hook at the beginning of the eighth and final round. More of this marksmanship would have won her the fight,  but Brooke had smothered her style. To their credit, both ladies showed their class with great sportswomanship following the final bell. And the crowd applauded Brooke for a hard fought win". St.John fell to 45-10-2 (18 KO's) with the loss.

On January 29 2010 Brooke married her trainer/manager Chris Milbrook.


Dierdorff (L) vs Mary McGee in February 2010

Copyrighted photo courtesy Team No Mercy

On February 26, 2010 at the Hammond Civic Center in Hammond, Indiana, Brooke (133 lbs) won a six-round unanimous (58-56,58-56,58-56) decision over previously unbeaten local favorite Mary McGee (136 lbs) of Gary, Indiana.  According to NW Indiana Times correspondent Nate Ulrich, "Dierdorff controlled the first four rounds with several hard charges that repeatedly pinned McGee against the ropes. McGee, however, opened the fifth round with a relentless attack and ended the sixth by drawing blood from Dierdorff's nose. Still, McGee's late emergence wasn't enough in the end."  The loss dropped McGee to 17-1 (10 KO's).

The win over McGee earned Dierdorff WBAN's Fighter of the Month award for March 2010.

On July 8, 2010 at the Convention Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Olivia Gerula (127 lbs) of Winnipeg won a ten-round unanimous (98-92, 98-92, 97-93) decision over Brooke (127 lbs) defending her WBC Junior Lightweight title.  Gerula started slowly but came on strong in the later rounds after bloodying Dierdorff's nose in the fifth round.   Gerula improved to 13-10-2 (4 KOs) while Dierdorff fell to 6-5-1 (3 KO's).

On March 25 2011 at the Hanging Gardens in River Grove, Illinois, USA, Brooke Dierdorff (132 lbs) fought to a four-round draw eith Ashleigh Curry (133 lbs) of St, Joseph, Missouri  who moved her record to 3-6-2 (1 KO).  Dierdorff was now 6-5-2 (3 KO's).

Dierdorff attended college full time at Colorado Technical University On-Line and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2007.  She can be contacted through trainer/manager Chris Millbrook (tel. 630-687-3746) or Eddie Montalvo (tel 813-447-3215).

To check out videos and photos of Dierdorff, you can visit her MySpace site:  www.myspace.com/nomercyboxerchick


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