Christy Martin (boxer)

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Christy Martin
Real nameChristy Renea Salters[1]
Nickname(s)The Coal Miner's Daughter[1]
Weight(s)Light middleweight[1]
Height5 ft 4 12 in (164 cm)[1]
Reach64 in (163 cm)[1]
Born (1968-06-12) June 12, 1968 (age 50)[1]
Mullens, West Virginia[2]
Boxing record
Total fights59
Wins by KO31
No contests0

Christy Renea Martin (born June 12, 1968) is a former American world champion boxer.

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]


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]

Martin started her professional boxing career at the age of 21 with a six-round draw with Angela Buchanan in 1989. She had her first training under the direction of Charlie Sensabaugh of Daniels West Virginia. Martin won a rematch with Buchanan 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 debutante 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, 7 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 would be fighting again in hopes of 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.

In 2016, she became the first female boxer inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame.[5][6][7]

Professional boxing record[edit]

49 Wins (31 knockouts, 18 decisions), 7 Losses (2 knockouts, 5 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, U.S. Retired after this match.
Loss 49–6–3 Dakota Stone TKO Loss (6) 6 June 4, 2011 Los Angeles, U.S. 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, U.S. Won the vacant WBCWomen's Super Welterweight title.
Win 48–5–3 Cimberly Harris Split decision 6 August 1, 2009 Huntington, West Virginia, U.S.
Draw 47–5–3 Valerie Mahfood Draw 8 July 18, 2008 Houston, Texas, U.S. 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, U.S.
Loss 46–5–2 Angelica Martinez Split decision 10 October 6, 2006 Worley, Idaho, U.S.
Loss 46–4–2 Holly Holm Unanimous decision 10 September 16, 2005 Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
Win 46–3–2 Lana Alexander KO 2 (6) April 30, 2005 Lula, Mississippi, U.S.
Loss 45–3–2 Laila Ali KO 4 (10), 0:28 August 23, 2003 Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S. 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, U.S.
Win 44–2–2 Lisa Holewyne Unanimous decision 10 November 17, 2001 Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Win 43–2–2 Kathy Collins Majority decision 10 May 12, 2001 New York City, New York, U.S.
Win 42–2–2 Jeanne Martinez Unanimous decision 10 March 3, 2001 Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Win 41–2–2 Sabrina Hall KO 1 (8) December 2, 2000 Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Win 40–2–2 Dianna Lewis Unanimous decision 10 August 12, 2000 Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Win 39–2–2 Belinda Laracuente Majority decision 8 March 3, 2000 Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Win 38–2–2 Daniella Somers TKO 5 (10), 1:37 October 2, 1999 Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Win 37–2–2 Jovette Jackson TKO 1 April 24, 1999 Washington, D.C., U.S.
Loss 36–2–2 Sumya Anani Majority decision 10 December 18, 1998 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
Win 36–1–2 Christine Robinson TKO 5 (6) September 19, 1998 Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Win 35–1–2 Cheryl Nance TKO 9 (10), 0:41 August 29, 1998 Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Win 34–1–2 Marcela Acuña Unanimous decision 10 December 5, 1997 Pompano Beach, Florida, U.S.
Win 33–1–2 Isra Girgrah Unanimous decision 8 August 23, 1997 New York City, New York, U.S.
Win 32–1–2 Andrea DeShong TKO 7 (8), 1:43 June 28, 1997 Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Win 31–1–2 Bethany Payne TKO 1 (6), 2:59 November 9, 1996 Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Win 30–1–2 Melinda Robinson KO 4 September 7, 1996 Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Win 29–1–2 Deirdre Gogarty Unanimous decision 6 March 16, 1996 Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. Martin recognition by the World Boxing Council as its nominal women's lightweight champion of the world
Win 28–1–2 Del Pettis TKO 1 February 24, 1996 Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Win 27–1–2 Sue Chase TKO 3 (6), 0:27 February 10, 1996 Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Win 26–1–2 Melinda Robinson Unanimous decision 6 January 13, 1996 Miami, Florida, U.S.
Win 25–1–2 Erica Schmidlin TKO 1 December 16, 1995 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Win 24–1–2 Angela Buchanan TKO 2 August 12, 1995 Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Win 23–1–2 Beverly Szymanski KO 4 April 1, 1995 Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Win 22–1–2 Chris Kreuz TKO 4 September 12, 1994 Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Draw 21–1–2 Laura Serrano Draw 6 May 7, 1994 Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Win 21–1–1 Sonja Donlevy TKO 1 March 4, 1994 Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Win 20–1–1 Susie Melton TKO 1 (6), 0:40 January 29, 1994 Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Win 19–1–1 Beverly Szymanski KO 3 October 15, 1993 Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
Win 18–1–1 Rebecca Kirkland TKO 1 August 27, 1993 Punta Gorda, Florida, U.S.
Win 17–1–1 Deborah Cruickshank KO 1 May 28, 1993 Punta Gorda, Florida, U.S.
Win 16–1–1 Susie Hughes TKO 1 January 29, 1993 Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.
Win 15–1–1 Angela Buchanan TKO 1 November 14, 1992 Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.
Win 14–1–1 Tracy Gordon TKO 1 September 5, 1992 Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
Win 13–1–1 Stacey Prestage Decision 8 May 30, 1992 Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
Win 12–1–1 Jackie Thomas TKO 3 January 25, 1992 Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
Win 11–1–1 Rose Noble TKO 1 January 11, 1992 Grundy, Virginia, U.S.
Win 10–1–1 Shannon Davenport TKO 2 September 10, 1991 Princeton, West Virginia, U.S.
Win 9–1–1 Rhonda Hefflin KO 1 May 25, 1991 Tennessee, U.S.
Win 8–1–1 Pat Watts TKO 1 March 16, 1991 Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.
Win 7–1–1 Suzanne Riccio Decision 5 February 25, 1991 Bristol, Tennessee, U.S.
Win 6–1–1 Jamie Whitcomb Unanimous decision 5 January 12, 1991 Bristol, Tennessee, U.S.
Win 5–1–1 Lisa Holpp TKO 1 October 27, 1990 Bristol, Tennessee, U.S.
Win 4–1–1 Jamie Whitcomb Decision 6 September 22, 1990 Johnson City, Tennessee, U.S.
Win 3–1–1 Andrea DeShong Decision 5 April 21, 1990 Bristol, Tennessee, U.S.
Loss 2–1–1 Andrea DeShong Decision 5 November 4, 1989 Bristol, Tennessee, U.S.
Win 2–0–1 Tammy Jones TKO 1 October 21, 1989 Bristol, Tennessee, U.S.
Win 1–0–1 Angela Buchanan KO 2 September 30, 1989 Durham, North Carolina, U.S.
Draw 0–0–1 Angela Buchanan Draw 5 September 9, 1989 Bristol, Tennessee, U.S.

Attempted murder[edit]

On November 23, 2010, Christy Martin was stabbed several times and shot at least once in her torso and left for dead by her husband, 66-year-old James V. Martin. The attack reportedly occurred after an argument in their Apopka home.[8] She survived the attack. On November 30, James Martin was arrested and taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center after he stabbed himself.[9]He was booked in Orange County Jail and charged with attempted first degree murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.[10]

In April, 2012, James Martin was found guilty of attempted second-degree murder.[11] He was sentenced two months later to 25 years in prison.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Christy was happily married to Lisa Holewyne on November 25th, 2017..[13]


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  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 "Women's Boxing: Christy Martin Biography".
  4. ^ "Sports News & latest headlines from AOL".
  5. ^ "Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame to induct 11, including 1st woman". thenewstribune. Archived from the original on 2016-03-09.
  6. ^ "First female voted into Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame". Boxingjunkie.
  7. ^ Christy Martin finally stands alone as boxing Hall of Famer - Orlando Sentinel
  8. ^ "Female boxer Christy Martin hospitalized after attack". 2010-11-25. Retrieved 2010-11-25.
  9. ^ Prieto, Bianca (November 30, 2010). "Deputies track down, arrest Christy Martin's husband". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved December 1, 2010.
  10. ^ "Current Inmate Database - James V. Martin". Orange County Inmate Records. Retrieved December 1, 2010.
  11. ^ "Boxer Christy Martin's ex guilty of attempted murder". Orlando Sentinel. April 27, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2012.
  12. ^ "James Martin gets 25 years for trying to kill boxer Christy Martin". Orlando Sentinel. June 26, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2012.
  13. ^ 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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