Female boxer shot, stabbed

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:20 PM ET

An American female boxer made famous in the ring after signing with eccentric promoter Don King during the 1990s was shot and stabbed by her husband, according to Orlando police.

Christy Martin, 42, flagged down a motorist Tuesday evening and was driven to hospital where doctors determined that she suffered serious injuries to her torso and left leg.

Martin told police that her attacker was her husband, 66-year-old James "Jim" Martin. He has acted as his wife's trainer and publicist for years.

She said her husband had confronted her inside their home and that she had been able to leave the house after being stabbed, police said.

Martin, whose career began in the fall of 1989, is considered the first superstar in women's boxing history.

In the early 1990s, she signed with Don King and once boxed on an undercard for Mike Tyson. In April 1996, she appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Her most recent fight was in September 2009 in Syracuse, N.Y. against Dakota Stone, which Martin won. She compiled a record of 49-5-3 with 32 wins by knockout.


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