Posted by Sabrina B. @gametimegirl
Well-known female boxer Christy Martin was hospitalized with serious injuries Tuesday night that she says were inflicted by her husband, according to multiple reports.
Martin, 42, flagged down a motorist in Orange County, Fla., around 6:45 p.m. ET. The driver took her to a local hospital, where doctors determined she had been shot and stabbed in the torso and left leg, according to the Los Angeles Times.
None of the injuries appeared to be life threatening, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel.
Martin was conscious when police reached the hospital and told them the attacker was her husband and trainer, 66-year-old James Martin, the Times reported.
Christy Martin said her husband confronted her inside the home and that she was able to leave after being stabbed, according to the sheriff’s office.
Police did not find James Martin at the home, but they did find signs of a struggle, the Times reported.
Christy Martin, who was born Christy Salters in 1968 in Bluefield, W.Va., is credited with being a key figure in legitimizing women’s participation in the sport of boxing. She began fighting at age 21 and gained fame in the 1990s with a long string of wins, even appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Martin had a career record of 49-5 with three draws and 31 Knockouts. Her last fight was on Sept. 2, 2009, when she won a majority decision over Dakota Stone in 10 rounds.
Martin, nicknamed â€œThe Coal Minerâ€™s Daughter,â€ was scheduled to participate in the biggest fight in womenâ€™s boxing history on June 30, 2005. She was to face Lucia Rijker, who had appeared in the Academy Award-winning film â€œMillion Dollar Baby,â€ in Las Vegas. The winner would get a $1 million payday.
But a few weeks before the highly anticipated bout, Rijker pulled out and the fight was canceled and never rescheduled.
Jim Martin was a boxer himself, having compiled a 17-9 pro record as a light heavyweight in the 1970s. He was training male boxers when he was introduced him to Christy, who was then working as a substituteÂ teacher.
When the idea was broached that he train Christy, according to canadastarboxing.com, Jim Martin said, “At first I said, No’. Then I thought I would let her spar with a couple of my fighters, and she would be run out of the ring. But it didn’t work out that way. She held her own, and I was impressed. I changed my mind.
“Then, one thing led to another. We fell in love and got married.”