The Best in Boxing
Born a Coal Miner’s Daughter, Christy was raised in a small town in southern West Virginia she began playing sports early with her love for competition evident at Concord College where she played basketball while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. During college she entered a Toughman/Toughwoman contest, and became hooked on boxing, thus starting what would be a life long journey.
Christy Martin was born Christy Salters in 1969. She grew up in the small town of Bluefield, West Virginia, the daughter of a coal miner. Her younger brother, Randy, eventually became a coal miner as well. Both of Martin's grandfathers, too, were coal miners, and both died of black lung disease, an illness caused by inhaled particles of coal. In high school Martin was one of the best basketball players on her school team. After winning a basketball scholarship, Martin attended Concord College in Athens, West Virginia.
It was while she was a freshman at Concord in 1987 that Martin boxed for the first time. Friends encouraged her to box in an amateur contest, and she surprised herself by winning the match and taking home the $1,000 prize. Boxing excited Martin as no other sport she had played. Facing off against an opponent was an adrenaline rush, and so was the money. She fought in the same amateur contest the next two years running, winning the top prize of $1,000 each time.
In 1993, Christy signed a promotional contract with world renowned boxing promoter Don King. She started boxing on some of the biggest pay-per-view cards in the sport, headlined by Hall of Famers Mike Tyson, Julio Caesar Chavez, Felix Trinidad and Evander Holyfield. An exciting and bloody victory on the undercard of the heavyweight championship bout between Mike Tyson and Frank Bruno landed her on the cover of Sports Illustrated (April 15, 1996). Christy’s fame skyrocketed, leading her to appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, an episode on the Roseanne sitcom along with many other high-profile shows on the television show circuit.
Over the next eight years Christy fought in some of boxing’s most famous arenas, including Madison Square Garden and Caesars Palace. Places that had not previously hosted womens boxing. One of her greatest honors came in 1996 when one her training sessions was opened to the public and held in the heart of Time Square, closing the famous Manhattan landmark to a delighted and packed adoring New York City crowd. Christy was also the Grand Marshall for The International Boxing Hall of Fame induction weekend in 1996 and a repeated guest for the next several years.
She concluded her career in 2012 with an impressive 49 victories, two WBC World Championships and was named WBC Emeritus Champion. Christy is considered a legend by boxing pundits and publications for both her skills inside the ring and the gender barriers she broke during her career.
Christy’s Champs is a non-profit that will assist victims and survivors of domestic violence. Recently, Christy’s Champs joined forces with Turning Point Domestic Violence Center and Shelter to provide a program that will help the children of victims and survivors, as well as survivors themselves. The program will consist of boxing, mma and life training with emphasis on life training.
Christy was the first female boxer to be inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, she was also included in the first class of fighters inducted into the International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame and in 2018 was included in the class being inducted into the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame as well as The National Boxing Hall of Fame.
Christy IS now CEO of Christy Martin Promotions and has promoted many amateau and now professional Boxing Show in North Carolina and will promote Fights in Florida starting in 2019.
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Christy Martin Promotions Live Events are streamed Live on Facebook Live, Periscope, Ustream and YouTube*
*Events may be blacked out in local markets
Upcoming Schedule for Christy Martin Promotions:
Feb 23, 2019 Charlotte, NC
March 16, 2019 - Jacksonville, FL
April 12, 2019 Jacksonville, NC