Christy Martin (boxer)

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Christy Martin
Statistics
Real name Christy Renea Martin[1]
Nickname(s) The Coal Miner's Daughter[1]
Rated at Light middleweight[1]
Height 5 ft 4.5 in (1.64 m)[1]
Nationality American
Born (1968-06-12) June 12, 1968 (age 46)[1]
Mullens, West Virginia[2]
Stance Orthodox[1]
Boxing record
Total fights 57
Wins 49
Wins by KO 31
Losses 7
Draws 3
No contests 0

Christy Renea Martin (born June 12, 1968) is an American boxing professional.

Early life[edit]

Martin was born in Mullens, West Virginia with the name Christy Salters.[2][3]

She played various sports as a child including Little League baseball and all-state basketball. She attended Concord College in Athens, West Virginia on a basketball scholarship and earned a B.S. in education.[2][3]

Career[edit]

Martin is said to be “the most successful and prominent female boxer in the United States” and the person who “legitimized” women’s participation in the sport of boxing.[2] She began her career fighting in “Toughwoman” contests and won three consecutive titles. She then began training with boxing coach, Jim Martin, who became her husband in 1991.[2] On Tuesday, November 23, 2010, Martin was shot and stabbed by her husband and trainer, Jim Martin.

Martin started her professional boxing career at the age of 21 with a six round loss to Angela Buchanan in 1989. Martin won the rematch one month later with a second round knockout. Andrea DeShong then beat Martin in a five round decision. Martin then had nineteen consecutive wins, including two against Jamie Whitcomb and Suzanne Riccio-Major as well a rubber match win against Buchanan. On October 15, 1993 Martin had her first title fight against Beverly Szymansky, for the WBC women's Jr. Welterweight world championship. Martin won by knocking out Szymansky in three rounds. In her first title defense, she fought to a draw against debutant Laura Serrano in Las Vegas.[3]

Martin defended her title six more times, including a rematch with Szymansky, a fourth fight with Buchanan and defenses versus Melinda Robinson and Sue Chase, winning all of them, before the fight that many credit for putting women's boxing on the sports fans' radar took place: On March 16, 1996, she and Deirdre Gogarty fought what many consider a great fight, in front of Showtime cameras. Martin got the decision, and after that bout, she began to gain more celebrity, even appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated once shortly afterwards.[3]

Martin won her next eight bouts including wins against Robinson, DeShong, Marcela Acuña and Isra Girgrah. Martin lost her title in a 10 round decision loss to Sumya Anani in 1998. Martin then won her next nine fights including wins against Belinda Laracuente, Sabrina Hall and Kathy Collins. Martin won her next two fights by ten round decisions against Lisa Holeywine and Mia St. John.[3]

In 2003 Martin fought Laila Ali and lost by a knockout in the fourth round.[3]

Martin's next fight in 2005 was a second round knockout against Lana Alexander in Lulu, Mississippi.[3]

In 2005 a fight with Lucia Rijker, entitled "Million Dollar Lady", was canceled because Rijker ruptured her Achilles during training.

On September 16, 2005, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Martin lost a 10-round unanimous decision to Holly Holm. Martin was beaten by the 23-year-old southpaw, with all three judges scoring for Holm.[3]

Martin holds a record of 49 wins, 5 losses and 3 draws with 31 wins by knockout.[3] She is a frequent visitor of the International Boxing Hall Of Fame annual induction ceremonies, and an avid autograph signer. She has fought on the undercard of boxers Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Félix Trinidad and Julio César Chávez.

Martin was promoted by Don King.[3] She was nicknamed The Coal Miner's Daughter in reference to her father's occupation.

Martin announced on January 19, 2011 that she will be fighting again for her 50th career win on the undercard of the Ricardo Mayorga vs Miguel Cotto Fight at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 12, 2011 against Dakota Stone in a rematch of their 2009 Fight.[4] The fight was postponed due to a rib injury to Christy Martin. The rescheduled rematch took place June 4, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles on the Julio Ceasr Chavez Jr. vs Sebastian Zbik undercard. Dakota Stone prevailed by TKO with :51 left as Martin broke her right hand in 9 places on a punch in the 4th round and could not continue.

Professional boxing record[edit]

49 Wins (31 knockouts, 18 decisions), 6 Losses (2 knockouts, 4 decisions), 3 Draws[1]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 49–7–3 Mia St. John Unanimous decision 10 August 14, 2012 Friant, CA, USA Retired after this match
Loss 49–6–3 Dakota Stone TKO Loss (6) 6 June 4, 2011 Los Angeles, CA, USA Broke her Right Hand Could Not Continue in 6th Round
Win 49–5–3 Dakota Stone Majority decision 10 September 9, 2009 Syracuse, New York, USA Won the vacant WBC
Women's Super
Welterweight
title.
Win 48–5–3 Cimberly Harris Split decision 6 August 1, 2009 Huntington, West Virginia, USA
Draw 47–5–3 Valerie Mahfood Draw 8 July 18, 2008 Houston, Texas, USA Bout was for the vacant
NABF Women's
Middleweight title.
Win 47–5–2 Amy Yuratovac Unanimous decision 2 (6) June 2, 2007 Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA
Loss 46–5–2 Angelica Martinez Split decision 10 October 6, 2006 Worley, Idaho, USA
Loss 46–4–2 Holly Holm Unanimous decision 10 September 16, 2005 Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Win 46–3–2 Lana Alexander KO 2 (6) April 30, 2005 Lula, Mississippi, USA
Loss 45–3–2 Laila Ali KO 4 (10), 0:28 August 23, 2003 Biloxi, Mississippi, USA Bout was for Ali's IBA
Women's Super
Middleweight
title.
Win 45–2–2 Mia St. John Unanimous decision 10 December 6, 2002 Pontiac, Michigan, USA
Win 44–2–2 Lisa Holewyne Unanimous decision 10 November 17, 2001 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win 43–2–2 Kathy Collins Majority decision 10 May 12, 2001 New York City, New York, USA
Win 42–2–2 Jeanne Martinez Unanimous decision 10 March 3, 2001 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win 41–2–2 Sabrina Hall KO 1 (8) December 2, 2000 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win 40–2–2 Dianna Lewis Unanimous decision 10 August 12, 2000 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win 39–2–2 Belinda Laracuente Majority decision 8 March 3, 2000 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win 38–2–2 Daniella Somers TKO 5 (10), 1:37 October 2, 1999 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win 37–2–2 Jovette Jackson TKO 1 April 24, 1999 Washington, D.C., USA
Loss 36–2–2 Sumya Anani Majority decision 10 December 18, 1998 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Win 36–1–2 Christine Robinson TKO 5 (6) September 19, 1998 Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Win 35–1–2 Cheryl Nance TKO 9 (10), 0:41 August 29, 1998 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win 34–1–2 Marcela Acuña Unanimous decision 10 December 5, 1997 Pompano Beach, Florida, USA
Win 33–1–2 Isra Girgrah Unanimous decision 8 August 23, 1997 New York City, New York, USA
Win 32–1–2 Andrea DeShong TKO 7 (8), 1:43 June 28, 1997 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win 31–1–2 Bethany Payne TKO 1 (6), 2:59 November 9, 1996 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win 30–1–2 Melinda Robinson KO 4 September 7, 1996 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win 29–1–2 Deirdre Gogarty Unanimous decision 6 March 16, 1996 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win 28–1–2 Del Pettis TKO 1 February 24, 1996 Richmond, Virginia, USA
Win 27–1–2 Sue Chase TKO 3 (6), 0:27 February 10, 1996 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win 26–1–2 Melinda Robinson Unanimous decision 6 January 13, 1996 Miami, Florida, USA
Win 25–1–2 Erica Schmidlin TKO 1 December 16, 1995 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Win 24–1–2 Angela Buchanan TKO 2 August 12, 1995 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win 23–1–2 Beverly Szymanski KO 4 April 1, 1995 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win 22–1–2 Chris Kreuz TKO 4 September 12, 1994 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Draw 21–1–2 Laura Serrano Draw 6 May 7, 1994 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win 21–1–1 Sonja Donlevy TKO 1 March 4, 1994 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win 20–1–1 Susie Melton TKO 1 (6), 0:40 January 29, 1994 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win 19–1–1 Beverly Szymanski KO 3 October 15, 1993 Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA
Win 18–1–1 Rebecca Kirkland TKO 1 August 27, 1993 Punta Gorda, Florida, USA
Win 17–1–1 Deborah Cruickshank KO 1 May 28, 1993 Punta Gorda, Florida, USA
Win 16–1–1 Susie Hughes TKO 1 January 29, 1993 Columbia, South Carolina, USA
Win 15–1–1 Angela Buchanan TKO 1 November 14, 1992 Greenville, South Carolina, USA
Win 14–1–1 Tracy Gordon TKO 1 September 5, 1992 Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
Win 13–1–1 Stacey Prestage Decision 8 May 30, 1992 Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
Win 12–1–1 Jackie Thomas TKO 3 January 25, 1992 Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
Win 11–1–1 Rose Noble TKO 1 January 11, 1992 Grundy, Virginia, USA
Win 10–1–1 Shannon Davenport TKO 2 September 10, 1991 Princeton, West Virginia, USA
Win 9–1–1 Rhonda Hefflin KO 1 May 25, 1991 Tennessee, USA
Win 8–1–1 Pat Watts TKO 1 March 16, 1991 Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Win 7–1–1 Suzanne Riccio Decision 5 February 25, 1991 Bristol, Tennessee, USA
Win 6–1–1 Jamie Whitcomb Unanimous decision 5 January 12, 1991 Bristol, Tennessee, USA
Win 5–1–1 Lisa Holpp TKO 1 October 27, 1990 Bristol, Tennessee, USA
Win 4–1–1 Jamie Whitcomb Decision 6 September 22, 1990 Johnson City, Tennessee, USA
Win 3–1–1 Andrea DeShong Decision 5 April 21, 1990 Bristol, Tennessee, USA
Loss 2–1–1 Andrea DeShong Decision 5 November 4, 1989 Bristol, Tennessee, USA
Win 2–0–1 Tammy Jones TKO 1 October 21, 1989 Bristol, Tennessee, USA
Win 1–0–1 Angela Buchanan KO 2 September 30, 1989 Durham, North Carolina, USA
Draw 0–0–1 Angela Buchanan Draw 5 September 9, 1989 Bristol, Tennessee, USA

Attempted murder[edit]

On November 23, 2010, Christy Martin was stabbed several times and shot at least once in her torso and left leg by her husband, 66-year-old James V. Martin. The attack reportedly occurred after an argument in their Apopka home.[5][6] She survived the attack. On November 30, James Martin was arrested and taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center after he stabbed himself.[6] He was booked in Orange County Jail and charged with attempted first degree murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.[7]

In April, 2012, James Martin was found guilty of attempted second-degree murder.[8] He was sentenced two months later to 25 years in prison.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Christy now resides with her partner Sherry Lusk and is continuing to train.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Christy Martin". BoxRec. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Outstanding Women Athletes: Who they are and how they influenced sports, Janet Woolum [1]
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j WBAN Womens Boxing, Christy Martin Bio
  4. ^ http://boxing.fanhouse.com/2011/01/19/christy-martin-rematches-dakota-stone-on-march-12
  5. ^ "Female boxer Christy Martin hospitalized after attack". reuters.com. 2010-11-25. Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  6. ^ a b Prieto, Bianca (November 30, 2010). "Deputies track down, arrest Christy Martin's husband". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Current Inmate Database - James V. Martin". Orange County Inmate Records. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Boxer Christy Martin's ex guilty of attempted murder". Orlando Sentinel. April 27, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  9. ^ "James Martin gets 25 years for trying to kill boxer Christy Martin". Orlando Sentinel. June 26, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  10. ^ Morrison, Jane Ann (28 May 2011). "Boxer tells of her attack to draw attention to domestic violence". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 

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