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MIA ST. JOHN VS. JENIFER ALCORN
HBO (UNTELEVISED SEGMENT)
SELLAND ARENA - FRESNO, CALIFORNIA
APRIL 19, 2003

 
   

BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE ALCORN – ST. JOHN FIGHT!....By Sue TL Fox, Ringside

(APR 23)  On April 18, 2003, at  the Radisson Hotel, in Fresno, California, promoted by Top Rank and American Champion Entertainment, the weighin for the Mayweather/Sosa – Alcorn/St. John HBO fight packed the crowd!  At the weigh-in, it included boxers Fredia Gibbs, and Isra Girgrah who will be fighting tonight at the Palace in Lemoore. George Foreman was on hand who signed autographs for boxing fans.  When Jenifer Alcorn  and Mia St. John arrived, boxing fans flocked around both fighters to get photos taken with the boxers, and autographs signed. At the time of weigh-in,   St. John dressed in a hot-pink boxing outfit boxing robe that riled the crowd with her attire.  St. John,  weighed in at 135 ½, and Jenifer Alcorn, 135. WEIGH-IN PHOTOS

BEFORE THE FIGHT

The following night on April 19, 2003,  at the Selland Arena, in Fresno, California, and in front of over 7,200 boxing fans, Jenifer “All American” Alcorn and Mia “The Knockout” St. John fought an eight-round non-titled lightweight bout.   The two followed the main event – Mayweather vs. Sosa---which was a tough act to follow!  Mayweather and Sosa were pretty much  non-stop in their 12-rounder, and for only the exception of the decision, in which boxing fans  booed loudly, and began chanting , “Sosa, Sosa, Sosa”  Mayweather was declared the winner and successfully defended his WBC world title. 

THE FIGHT

Mia entered the ring first---included in her corner was Fredia “the Cheetah” Gibbs and Mia’s mother.  Alcorn made her appearance shortly thereafter, with trainer/husband working her corner.  Both boxers appeared to be relaxed and ready to fight….

In the first round, Alcorn and Mia wasted little time in mixing it up and the fight turned into a slugfest.  Within about 20 seconds into the fight, Mia slipped to the canvas, and it looked like Alcorn was over-powering Mia at that time. (Mpeg of the slip on records site, gallery 51).

In the second round, Alcorn and Mia continued to fight toe-to-toe, but in the later part of the round, Alcorn was throwing multiple combination and caught Mia in the corner.  Mia weathered out the 2nd round, and did not appear to be hurt from the attack. (Mpeg on Records site of 60 seconds of the 2nd round, gallery 51).    

Most of the rest of the rounds was a slugfest between the two with Alcorn ultimately winning with a unanimous decision.  Alcorn remains undefeated with a 16-0-0 (10KO), and St. John is now 27-3-1 (13KO). Final judges scores was 78-74, 77-75, and 77-75.

WBAN asked St. John how she felt about this fight with Alcorn in a post-fight interview. St. John said, “Out of my 31 fights this was probably my favorite fight aside from Christy. Fighting Jenifer was such a challenge and truly a wonderful experience. The crowd was on their feet the whole time and found it as exciting as I did. The fight was an overall  success! I went into Fresno sparked a little controversy, we sold A  LOT of tickets and fought our hearts out. My job is complete. I couldn't be happier. I'll be fighting again in June and hopefully will rematch with Christy sometime this summer.”

 
       
       
       


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