SA: Brooke, how are things going with you?
BD: Things are wonderful for me right
now! I just got home a few weeks ago from my last fight where I defeated Mia
St. John for the 2nd time. This time in her back yard of Mexico by unanimous
decision on April 4th 09 and this time taking her WBC International
Lightweight Championship Belt home with me!
SA: Who is Brooke 'No Mercy' inside and outside the ring?
BD: I'm 27 years old and live in
Illinois. I work a full time job at a local garage door company J&D Door
Sales where I do all the office duties. Then there of course is my boxing
career! I'm also engaged to my trainer/manager Chris Millbrook whom I have a
5 year old daughter with named Jadyn our pride and joy. I have always been
very competitive and participated in all sports in school! After high school
I joined the Army and while stationed in Colorado I went to fights all the
time at a local place. Here I became intrigued with boxing and being as
competitive as I am I thought this would be something that I would like to
try! I met my trainer/fiancé Chris and he was also stationed there in the
Army and he thought it would be fun for both of us to go to a local boxing
gym and try it out so we did! That is where it started!
SA: Congratulations on your win over Mia St. John. Did Mia bring anything to
the ring that you did not expect?
BD: Well I really didn't expect
anything I just trained hard for whatever she was going to bring to the
table. The first time that I fought Mia back in April 07 I took the fight on
4 days notice as a replacement fighter going up 3 weight classes & fought my
first 6 round fight as well against Mia & came out victorious! In the first
fight Mia thought that since she was bigger she would be able to just walk
right through me and be stronger than me so she brawled with me but I proved
to be stronger! We expected that she would not do this again and this time
she would try to use her experience, weight & boxing skills to outbox me but
that was not going to happen unless she ran out of the ring! Mia had 2
choices either brawl with me or try to outbox me and we trained for both!
SA: What did Mia St. John bring to the ring this time that you may not have
BD: In this fight Mia didn't
bring anything that we didn't expect. We expected Mia to try to move and
outbox me and when I got close to her try to hold me. That is exactly what
she tried to do but this is exactly what we trained for and that was not
going to work! My fighting style is Ruff, Rugged & Raw!
SA: Who would you like to fight next?
Ina Menzer, Olivia
Gerula and beacuse they are the 126 & 130LB world champions and those are
the titles that I want first and foremost! I would also like to fight
Melissa Hernandez, Rola El Halabi, Stacey Reile, Crystal Delgado, Sarah
Pucek because she asked for it and I don't want her to think I didn't see
the article on wban.com she posted just to name a few there are many others
I would like to face one day.
SA: Any plan on coming to Germany to fight featherweight Champion Ina Menzer?
BD: Yes if she is willing to take
SA: What goal have you set yourself for 2009?
BD: My goals now that I'm a WBC
Champion is to get 3 belts in 3 different weight classes so I can go down as
lb for lb! I want the WBC World titles and any others that are available!
SA: What is a typical trainings day for you and do you do anything that's
unique in your training?
BD: We do so many different things in
training that just about everything we do in training is unique! I stay in
the gym even when not in training camp for an upcoming fight we just don't
do such brutal workouts in between; when we have a fight scheduled we will
up the workouts dramatically. Mitts, mitts & more mitts. We do all the
normal boxing workouts, mitts, sparing, shadow boxing, bag work. But we also
do MMA style training which I won't go into details on. I also do weight
training and endurance training as well. We do so many different styles of
training. I love training period in boxing. It never gets old because you
always have something new to try or learn, you can never know it all when it
comes to boxing. But my personal favorite part of training is the sparing
because you get to work on all the things that you have been learning and
see how they will work for you. You get to see how much you have really
SA: Regarding nutrition, do you have a strict nutritional regimen or do you
pretty much eat whatever you want?
I eat whatever I want
when I don't have a fight comming up but when I'm in training camp I follow
a more strict diet.
SA: Who are your inspirations in the sport of boxing?
BD: First on the women’s side of boxing
Chevelle Hallback is my #1. She is now a very close friend of mine but even
before that I have followed her career since the beginning she is the best
female boxer of all time. Also Terri Blair is also a close friend of mine
and I have always admired her career as well! She will fight anyone anywhere
just like me she is a true warrior. I also follow Kelsey Jeffries because
she has been around so long as well. I would love to meet her in the ring
one day. Of course Christy Martin and Lucia Rjicker as well. On the men's
side of boxing I am huge fan of Floyd Mayweather Jr., Roy Jones Jr., Nate
Campbell, Sugar Shane, Bernard Hopkins, Ali & Mike Tyson just to name a few!
SA: How do you deal with being a woman in a male dominated sport?
BD: You know what I feel it the most
when I get my check after my fights, that is the most disturbing part of it!
SA: How did you get your nickname "No Mercy"?
BD: From my trainer/fiancé Chris because
no matter how hard he hits me or how many times he hits me in sparring I
never quit or stopped coming. I always have to get my shot back in; that
came from his mouth.
SA: What or who do you credit your success to?
BD: First and foremost I have to
credit my trainer/fiancé Chris Millbrook for everything he has done for me
in & outside the ring. I also have to credit my daughter, mom & dad,
brothers, friends & family & all the fans for always supporting me. This
gives me strength to keep moving forward no matter what happens. I also have
to credit myself for being the true warrior that I am & never backing down.
SA: What can we expect from you near the future?
BD: I hope to be able to fight
more often now and be able to put on some more terrific shows for all the
fans. I hope to fight for the world titles and become champion in 3
different weight classes. We are looking for more fights so if you are a
matchmaker or a promoter looking for a great female fighter to put on your
shows or promote please contact my manager and let’s see what we can work
SA: What do you do in your free time or for fun besides boxing?
BD: I love to go dancing,
camping, boating, hang out with friends and family, have cook outs and go
different placed with my fiancé & daughter.
SA: Do you have anything you would like to tell boxing fans?
BD: I would like to thank all of
my fans, friends & family for all the love & support you have show me on my
journey to becoming a world champion! I will be putting on more wonderful
shows for you in the near future! Thank you for the interview, it was my
Brooke "No Mercy" Dierdorff
WBC International Lightweight Champion!