Mia St. John is the WBC International Female Welterweight Champion, a title she got in June 2008 after defeating Amy Yuratovac by a majority decision. One of the most watched and acknowledged female boxers in the world, she won the IFBA Lightweight World and the IBA Continental Lightweight Titles in 2005 in unanimous decisions over Liz Drew and Donna Biggers, respectively. She also has fought against such luminaries as Christy Martin, Jessica Rakoczy, Holly Holm, Jenifer Alcorn and Jelena Mrdjenovich. St. John is known as the first boxer to appear on the cover of Playboy Magazine in November 1999. She has appeared in TV shows, acted in commercials, provided color commentary and written books.
The American fighter of Caucasian and Mexican lineage St. John founded El Saber Es Poder, a non-profit organization to support Latino schools in the U.S. Along with her mother, she visits schools to emphasis the importance of family, education, self-management and choice.
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Childhood and Family:
Mia St. John was born Mia Rosales on June 24, 1967, in San Francisco, California. She was a competitive Tae Kwon Do athlete, a sport she started to play at age 6, before turning her focus on boxing. Mia graduated from California State University of Northridge in 1994 with a B.A. degree in Psychology. To support her studies, she worked as a model.
In 1991, Mia was married to Kristoff St. John (born on July 15, 1966) of “Young and the Restless” fame. They divorced in 1995. Mia is the mother of two, daughter Paris and son Julian.
Born a fighter, young Mia St. John began her fighting career as a Tae Kwon Do athlete. She later compiled a record of 27-1 and received a black belt. The California State University of Northridge graduate, however, did not decide to become a professional boxer until she turned 29. In Valentine Day of 1997, St. John made a promising debut by knocking out Angelica Villain in 54-second of the first round and got the nickname “The Knockout.”
St. John signed with promoter Don King and remained with him for a year and a half before joining Bob Arum of Top Rank Boxing. As Top Rank fighter, she became the opener of all major fights done by Oscar De LA Hoya. She had 23 fights with a total of 22 wins, among them 3 KOs and 9 TKOs, and one draw. With all combats finished in the forth round, St. John was named “The Queen of the Four-Rounders,” a title she disliked.
Following her 20th bout, the San Fransisco native was involved in skiing accident that injured one of her legs. She was required to undergo two operations to remove a blood clot.
In November 1999, the former poster and calendar model became the center of attention when she appeared on the cover of Playboy magazine. Also included in the issue was an 11 page celebrity pictorial. Subsequently, the boxing press gave her the label “Bunny Boxer.”
After her contract with Top Rank ended in October 2001, St. John emerged as a free agent. In her first bout in November 2001, she was defeated by Rolanda Andrews with TKO in the second round. Undaunted, she trained hard and learned proper punching techniques, footwork and defensive strategies from couches Eduardo and Roberto Garcia. Her efforts paid off when she successfully collected four straight wins, one of which by TKO.
In December 2002, St. John full filled her longtime ambition to fight Christy Martin, a world-class boxer with a record of 44 wins, 2 loses and 2 draws. Although she lost the bout, she did offer an awe-inspiring 10-round performance opposite Martin.
After nine years fighting with 47 professional bouts on her pocket, St. John had her first title bout on June 12, 2005. She beat Liz Drew in a unanimous decision and took home the IFBA Lightweight World Title. Within two months, the hard-hitting boxer had added the IBA Continental Lightweight Title to her resume after defeating Donna Biggers in a unanimous decision.
January 2008 found St. John fighting in her first mixed martial arts competition. She faced Rhonda Gallegos in a bout in Honolulu, Hawaii and won the contest by KO in the first round.
St. John won her WBC International Female Welterweight title on June 14, 2008 in Mexico City. She beat welterweight Amy Yuratovac with a majority decision. By this period, she has had a boxing record of 44 wins (18 by KO), 9 losses (2 by TKO), and 2 draws.
Apart from being an accomplished boxer, St. John is media discernment. She has appeared in various TV shows, including “The Wayne Brady Show,” “Late Night with Conan O'Brien” and “Howard Stern,” and has acted in many commercials. She has also served as color commentator at boxing events and hosted programs in such networks as Fox Sports Net and ESPN. St. John played the role of Charlie in the Clark Brandon-directed horror film “Skeeter” in 1993 and portrayed herself in an episode of the TV series “Pacific Blue” in 1999.
St. John has released her own exercise DVD called “Million Dollar Workout.” She wrote a fitness book entitled “The Knock-Out Body Plan.”
WBC International Female Welterweight Champion: 2008
IBA Continental Lightweight Champion: 2005
IFBA Lightweight World Champion: 2005