Saludos Hispanos

Mia St. John is a five time World Boxing Council Champion as well as an IBA and IFBA lightweight champion. She is also a model, businesswoman, and taekwondo champion. Now she is the author of “Fighting for My Life” a new book that chronicles her life, loves, and the unbearable loss of her son to suicide and also the unexpected loss of the father of her children, Kristoff St. John longtime star of the “Young and the Restless.” Mia’s memoir takes readers through her life’s journey from a young Mexican American kid growing up in Idaho who fled to California when she was 18 determined to follow her dreams to show the world she was a champion. She took up boxing at a time when very few women were involved in the sport. She made her professional debut in 1997 and eventually signed a lucrative contract with world famous boxing promoter Don King. Over her career she accomplished the fantastic record of 70 professional fights and 5 world championships. After her son’s suicide, she created the Mia St. John “El Saber Es Poder” Foundation to help empower individuals dealing with mental illness, addiction and poverty. She created an innovative holistic youth development program that addresses the most severe challenges facing Latino youth and their families. Mia joined forces with Representative Grace F. Napolitano and basketball star Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) to reintroduce the Mental Health in Schools Act and to encourage awareness of mental health initiatives. Mia already had a strong background in the field; in her youth, she attended California State University, Northridge, earning a degree in psychology. CNN has named her a “Mental Health Warrior.” Mia St. John, at 54 years old remains a champion and a great example of female empowerment. Mia St. John Mental Health Warrior