Christy Martin (boxer)

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Christy Martin
Real nameChristy Renea Martin[1]
Nickname(s)The Coal Miner's Daughter[1]
Rated atLight middleweight[1]
Height5 ft 4.5 in (1.64 m)[1]
Born(1968-06-12) June 12, 1968 (age 46)[1]
Mullens, West Virginia[2]
Boxing record
Total fights57
Wins by KO31
No contests0
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Christy Martin
Real nameChristy Renea Martin[1]
Nickname(s)The Coal Miner's Daughter[1]
Rated atLight middleweight[1]
Height5 ft 4.5 in (1.64 m)[1]
Born(1968-06-12) June 12, 1968 (age 46)[1]
Mullens, West Virginia[2]
Boxing record
Total fights57
Wins by KO31
No contests0

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]


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.RecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes
Loss49–7–3Mia St. JohnUnanimous decision10August 14, 2012Friant, CA, USARetired after this match
Loss49–6–3Dakota StoneTKO Loss (6)6June 4, 2011Los Angeles, CA, USABroke her Right Hand Could Not Continue in 6th Round
Win49–5–3Dakota StoneMajority decision10September 9, 2009Syracuse, New York, USAWon the vacant WBC
Women's Super
Win48–5–3Cimberly HarrisSplit decision6August 1, 2009Huntington, West Virginia, USA
Draw47–5–3Valerie MahfoodDraw8July 18, 2008Houston, Texas, USABout was for the vacant
NABF Women's
Middleweight title.
Win47–5–2Amy YuratovacUnanimous decision2 (6)June 2, 2007Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA
Loss46–5–2Angelica MartinezSplit decision10October 6, 2006Worley, Idaho, USA
Loss46–4–2Holly HolmUnanimous decision10September 16, 2005Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Win46–3–2Lana AlexanderKO2 (6)April 30, 2005Lula, Mississippi, USA
Loss45–3–2Laila AliKO4 (10), 0:28August 23, 2003Biloxi, Mississippi, USABout was for Ali's IBA
Women's Super
Win45–2–2Mia St. JohnUnanimous decision10December 6, 2002Pontiac, Michigan, USA
Win44–2–2Lisa HolewyneUnanimous decision10November 17, 2001Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win43–2–2Kathy CollinsMajority decision10May 12, 2001New York City, New York, USA
Win42–2–2Jeanne MartinezUnanimous decision10March 3, 2001Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win41–2–2Sabrina HallKO1 (8)December 2, 2000Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win40–2–2Dianna LewisUnanimous decision10August 12, 2000Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win39–2–2Belinda LaracuenteMajority decision8March 3, 2000Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win38–2–2Daniella SomersTKO5 (10), 1:37October 2, 1999Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win37–2–2Jovette JacksonTKO1April 24, 1999Washington, D.C., USA
Loss36–2–2Sumya AnaniMajority decision10December 18, 1998Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Win36–1–2Christine RobinsonTKO5 (6)September 19, 1998Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Win35–1–2Cheryl NanceTKO9 (10), 0:41August 29, 1998Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win34–1–2Marcela AcuñaUnanimous decision10December 5, 1997Pompano Beach, Florida, USA
Win33–1–2Isra GirgrahUnanimous decision8August 23, 1997New York City, New York, USA
Win32–1–2Andrea DeShongTKO7 (8), 1:43June 28, 1997Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win31–1–2Bethany PayneTKO1 (6), 2:59November 9, 1996Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win30–1–2Melinda RobinsonKO4September 7, 1996Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win29–1–2Deirdre GogartyUnanimous decision6March 16, 1996Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win28–1–2Del PettisTKO1February 24, 1996Richmond, Virginia, USA
Win27–1–2Sue ChaseTKO3 (6), 0:27February 10, 1996Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win26–1–2Melinda RobinsonUnanimous decision6January 13, 1996Miami, Florida, USA
Win25–1–2Erica SchmidlinTKO1December 16, 1995Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Win24–1–2Angela BuchananTKO2August 12, 1995Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win23–1–2Beverly SzymanskiKO4April 1, 1995Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win22–1–2Chris KreuzTKO4September 12, 1994Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Draw21–1–2Laura SerranoDraw6May 7, 1994Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win21–1–1Sonja DonlevyTKO1March 4, 1994Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win20–1–1Susie MeltonTKO1 (6), 0:40January 29, 1994Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win19–1–1Beverly SzymanskiKO3October 15, 1993Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA
Win18–1–1Rebecca KirklandTKO1August 27, 1993Punta Gorda, Florida, USA
Win17–1–1Deborah CruickshankKO1May 28, 1993Punta Gorda, Florida, USA
Win16–1–1Susie HughesTKO1January 29, 1993Columbia, South Carolina, USA
Win15–1–1Angela BuchananTKO1November 14, 1992Greenville, South Carolina, USA
Win14–1–1Tracy GordonTKO1September 5, 1992Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
Win13–1–1Stacey PrestageDecision8May 30, 1992Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
Win12–1–1Jackie ThomasTKO3January 25, 1992Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
Win11–1–1Rose NobleTKO1January 11, 1992Grundy, Virginia, USA
Win10–1–1Shannon DavenportTKO2September 10, 1991Princeton, West Virginia, USA
Win9–1–1Rhonda HefflinKO1May 25, 1991Tennessee, USA
Win8–1–1Pat WattsTKO1March 16, 1991Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Win7–1–1Suzanne RiccioDecision5February 25, 1991Bristol, Tennessee, USA
Win6–1–1Jamie WhitcombUnanimous decision5January 12, 1991Bristol, Tennessee, USA
Win5–1–1Lisa HolppTKO1October 27, 1990Bristol, Tennessee, USA
Win4–1–1Jamie WhitcombDecision6September 22, 1990Johnson City, Tennessee, USA
Win3–1–1Andrea DeShongDecision5April 21, 1990Bristol, Tennessee, USA
Loss2–1–1Andrea DeShongDecision5November 4, 1989Bristol, Tennessee, USA
Win2–0–1Tammy JonesTKO1October 21, 1989Bristol, Tennessee, USA
Win1–0–1Angela BuchananKO2September 30, 1989Durham, North Carolina, USA
Draw0–0–1Angela BuchananDraw5September 9, 1989Bristol, 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]


  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. ^
  5. ^ "Female boxer Christy Martin hospitalized after attack". 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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