Mia St. John
First boxing memory: Getting my ass kicked in sparring in 1996.
Boxing inspirations: Oscar De La Hoya, because he is such a smart business man and has a good heart. Not to mention, style, class and good looks!
Last book read: Reading “Salvador” by Joan Didion. It’s about the civil war in El Salvador in 1982. I hate war, but I have always been fascinated by the politics of war.
First job: Picking strawberries in the fields at 11 years old. It was actually pretty fun, but I knew then I wanted something more out of life.
Current car: Mercedes CLK.
First car: Toyota pick up.
Favorite movies: Rocky’s 1, 2, 3, 6, An American Me, Gone With The Wind, Born on the 4th of July.
Greatest boxing moment: All the fights I opened for Oscar De La Hoya.
Most painful boxing moment: The day my trainer Art Lovett died and losing to Brook Dierdorff, twice.
Favorite boxers to watch: All the females of boxing.
Funny boxing memory: Fredia Gibbs, best female fighter ever, we were so crazy, the things we did in boxing… I’ll never tell [smiles].
Embarrassing boxing memory: Peeing in the ring.
Hardest puncher encountered: A girl I easily beat because her skill wasn’t very good, but she hit so hard it felt like I was getting hit by a steel pipe. I still have brain damage from her. I will never reveal her name [smiles].
Toughest opponent: Jessica Rackozy. I thanked God for every round I made it out alive.
Childhood dream(s): To be Rocky Balboa, to live that life.
Strangest fight/opponent: My last fight! I didn’t know if she wanted to kill me or have sex with me. It was very strange.
Favorite meal: After the weigh in! Cheeseburger, fries, Coke and chocolate cake with ice cream.
Favorite ice cream flavor: Chocolate/peanut butter.
People qualities most admired: Charitable, love for humanity, love for learning about the world and one’s own self.