Boxing Manager Lovett Dies

From Staff Reports

The manager of Woodland Hills boxer Mia St. John, who is scheduled to fight her third professional bout Saturday night in Tampa, Fla., has died.

Art Lovett, 54, a resident of Chatsworth and a boxing trainer for 15 years, died Tuesday in Tampa of a massive heart attack, said Harvey Ricon, Lovett’s brother-in-law.

Lovett, who was conducting a workout with St. John, complained of lightheadedness and was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital of Tampa, where he was later pronounced dead, Ricon said.

St. John, with two knockout victories, will fight as planned against an opponent to be determined in the Sundome at the University of South Florida.


Last month, St. John signed a lucrative promotional contract with Don King Productions. Stu Lovett said he will replace his brother as St. John’s manager.

St. John, 29, a former actress, swimsuit model and taekwondo competitor, turned pro in February and recorded a first-round knockout against Amilda Perez of El Paso at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio.

Funeral services are scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m. at Mt. Sinai Memorial Park in Los Angeles. Lovett is survived by his wife of 33 years, Lorraine, a son, Andy, 30, and a daughter, Michelle, 27.