Christy Martin has an estimated net worth of around $500 thousand. Despite all of her accomplishments, it seems like all the things that she has earned are nowhere to be seen as she had a toxic relationship with James V. One day on November 2010, she was stabbed a few times and shot at least once in her torso by her former husband. Fortunately, she survived and the victim was arrested and taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center after he stabbed himself. He was found guilty and sentenced to 25 years behind the bar. Apparently, he is still serving at Graceville Correctional Facility in Graceville, Florida.
- Full Name: Christy Renea Martin
- Professional Name: Christy Martin
- Nick Name: The Coal Miner’s Daughter
- Gender: Female
- Place of Birth: Mullens, West Virginia, United States of America
- Place of Birth: June 12, 1968
- Age: 53 years old
- Star Sign: Gemini
- Country: United States
- Weight(s): Light middleweight
- Height: 5 feet 4 ½ inch or 164 cm
- Partner: Lisa Holewyne (m. 2017)
- Occupation: American boxer, promoter, CEO of Christy Martin Promotions
Christy Martin is known to be the most successful and the most popular female boxer in the United States. She is also the one that legitimized women’s participation in the boxing. She started her career as a boxer in a contest named Toughwoman. Her debut was successful and she even won three consecutive titles. As her interest to boxing got bigger, she then started training with the boxing coach named Jim Martin, the same man who married her in 1991.
After turning 21, Christy Martin started her professional career in 1989 by having a six round draw match with Angela Buchanan. At the time, she was under the direction of Charlie Sensabaugh of Daniels West Virginia. A month after that, she claimed a victory in a rematch against Angela Buchanan with a second round knockout. Unfortunately, she was beaten by Andrea DeShong in a five round decision. Next, the boxer had nineteen consecutive wins and two of them were against Jamie Whitcomb and Suzanne Riccio-Major. There was also a rubber match win against Angela Buchanan.
On October 15, 1993, Christy Martin participated in the WBC women’s Jr. Welterweight world championship. In the event, she got her first title fight against Beverly Szymansky by knocking out her in three rounds. To defend her first title, she then fought against the one who just made her debut named Laura Serrano. This match took place in Las Vegas and the result was draw.
Christy Martin managed to defend her title more than six times. Some of the other fights include a rematch with Beverly Szymansky, a fourth fight with Angela Bychanan, and defenses against Melinda Robinson and Sue Chase. She came as the winner of all the matches. On March 16, 1996, a historical fight happened between her and Deirdre Gogarty in front of the cameras of Showtime. Christy Martin won the game and she started to get more popular, as popular as a celebrity. Her popularity even made her appearing on the cover of Sports illustrated. Not only that, she also made an appearance as a special guest on the TV show named Roseanne in season 9, episode 6 entitled Pampered to a Pulp.
Christy Martin claimed 8 more victory, including winning against Melinda Robinson, Andrea DeShong, Marcela Acuna and Isra Girgrah. In 1998, she had to give the title to Sumya Anani as she lost against her in a 10 round decision. Then, the fighter won her next nine fights, including the ones where she fought against Belinda Laracuente, Sabrina Hall, and Kathy Collins. After that, she won her next two fights against Lisa Holeywine and Mia St. John with ten round decisions.
In 2003, Christy Martin faced Laila Ali. It was not her best performance as she lost to her by a knockout in the fourth round. The next fight of her happened in 2005 in Lula, Mississippi. In this fight, he was against Lana Alexander. It was her second round knockout.
Two years later, Christy Martin was supposed to fight against the one known as Million Dollar Lady named Lucia Rijker but the fight was cancelled because the opponent was injured. In the same year, she lost a total of 10 round unanimous decision to Holly Holm, a 23 year old boxer. The match took place in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Throughout her career as a professional boxing player, Christy Martin has a total of 49 wins, 7 losses and 3 draws with 31 wins by knockout. She often visits the International Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremonies that happen every year. The woman has fought on the undercard of popular and successful boxing players like Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Felix Trinidad, and Julio Cesar Chavez.
On January 19, 2011, Christy Martin announced that she would be back to the ring in hopes of her 50th career win. She was supposed to go against Dakota Stone that she encountered before in 2009 fight. However, the plan was delayed due to a rib injury that she had. The match really happened on June 4, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles on the Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. vs. Sebastian Zbik undercard. Christy Martin was KO-ed by Dakota Stone who came out as a winner with :51 left as the fighter from West Virginia broke her right hand in 9 places on a punch in the 4th round so that she stopped the match and could not continue.
In 2016, Christy Martin was named as the first female boxer included in the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. In the same year, there was a report of her working 2 jobs as a substitute teacher and helping military veterans find work. At the time, she was also reported that she was dealing with the after effects of her career. As the one who spent most of her life on the ring, she lacks of stamina and has double vision. Last year, her name was written in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.