Just a day after writing about Mike Tyson’s career and his fight with Evander Holyfield, another boxer from the same era finds herself in the news. Boxer Christy Martin, who was promoted by Don King and one of the first prominent female boxers, was hospitalized after being shot and stabbed by her husband.
Martin was picked up by a driver along the highway Tuesday night after escaping a struggle with her husband, James Martin. According to the Orlando Sentinel, “Martin was conscious when deputies arrived at the hospital and was able to tell deputies that her attacker was her husband, 66-year-old James Martin. She said her husband had confronted her inside their home and that she had been able to leave the house after being stabbed, according to the sheriff’s office.”
Police have been unable to find James Martin, whom they consider to be a danger to himself. You could speculate about a motive in the case but I think we already have enough evidence: he was a boxing trainer, and they were married. Any other questions? And for the record, Million Dollar Martin was 49-5 in her career with 31 knockouts.
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