Christy Martin (boxer)
|Real name||Christy Renea Martin|
|Nickname(s)||The Coal Miner's Daughter|
|Rated at||Light middleweight|
|Height||5 ft 4.5 in (1.64 m)|
June 12, 1968 |
Mullens, West Virginia
|Wins by KO||31|
Christy Renea Martin (born June 12, 1968) is an American boxing professional.
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.
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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
In 2005 a fight with Lucia Rijker, entitled "Million Dollar Lady", was canceled because Rijker ruptured her Achilles during training.
Martin holds a record of 49 wins, 5 losses and 3 draws with 31 wins by knockout. 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 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. 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
|49 Wins (31 knockouts, 18 decisions), 6 Losses (2 knockouts, 4 decisions), 3 Draws|
|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
|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
|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
|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|
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. She survived the attack. On November 30, James Martin was arrested and taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center after he stabbed himself. He was booked in Orange County Jail and charged with attempted first degree murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
Christy now resides with her partner Sherry Lusk and is continuing to train.
- "Christy Martin". BoxRec. Retrieved May 21, 2010.
- Outstanding Women Athletes: Who they are and how they influenced sports, Janet Woolum 
- WBAN Women's Boxing, Christy Martin Bio
- "Female boxer Christy Martin hospitalized after attack". reuters.com. 2010-11-25. Retrieved 2010-11-25.
- Prieto, Bianca (November 30, 2010). "Deputies track down, arrest Christy Martin's husband". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved December 1, 2010.
- "Current Inmate Database - James V. Martin". Orange County Inmate Records. Retrieved December 1, 2010.
- "Boxer Christy Martin's ex guilty of attempted murder". Orlando Sentinel. April 27, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2012.
- "James Martin gets 25 years for trying to kill boxer Christy Martin". Orlando Sentinel. June 26, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2012.
- 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.