Female boxing pioneer Christy Martin is in the hospital after being shot and stabbed by her husband in their Apopka, Florida home.
According to the Orange County Sheriff’s office, the 66-year-old James Martin accosted his wife with both a knife and handgun following a verbal dispute. The 42-year-old Martin suffered a gunshot to her torso, and stab wound to her left leg. She fled the home, and received help after waving down a passing motorist.
James Martin, who also served as his wife’s trainer, left the scene and remains at large.
At press time, local authorities have not disclosed the seriousness of Martin’s injuries, or what prompted the attack.
Nicknamed the Coal Miner’s daughter, Christy Martin brought national attention to female boxing through a thrilling decision win over Deirdre Gogarty in 1996. The fight was broadcast on Showtime’s pay-per-view undercard of Mike Tyson vs. Frank Bruno II, and earned her a Sports Illustrated cover.
Martin’s last fight was a September 2009 decision win over Dakota Stone, raising her record to 49-5-3, with 31 KOs. The bout marked her 20th year as a professional.
Beats, Boxing & Mayhem will update this story as more information becomes available.