Who Is Christy Martin, and How Is She Related to Mike Tyson?

Published 08/27/2021, 11:00 AM EDT


Christy Martin is one of the pioneers of women boxing, who had staged the path for several youngsters by passing on the torch. Coming from the retro era, she is the pugilist to have seen the prime of Mike Tyson. That said, Tyson and Martin are both in the books of boxing as two of the best enigmas of their time.

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However, the relation might be collateral, considering both had a surreal rise together in 1996. Although Martin and Tyson were never linked outside the boxing domain, the duo had constantly set the benchmark higher for their contemporaries.

After four years of Mike Tyson’s professional debut, Christy Martin staged her own in 1989. The duo went on to unleash a streak of KOs to finally cross paths in 1996. While Mike Tyson appeared in a massive fight against Frank Bruno on March 16, Martin fought Deirdre Gogarty in the undercard.

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Martin vs Gogarty was the sole female fight on the card, which had Bernard Hopkins and Mike Tyson as the main and co-main fighters. So, a lot of eyes were glued on the female bout which had gone to the length and Christy Martin stole hearts with her constant ingress inaction. ‘The Coalminer’s daughter’ earned a unanimous win and seemingly left as a show-stealer of the night.

Moments later, Mike Tyson knocked out Frank Bruno in a devastating fashion to grab the WBC world heavyweight title. Hence, both Martin and Tyson could depart with their names on the top slot after the fight. Although they never really came across again, the Don King event saw them connect in a historic trend.

Christy Martin – A career inside and outside the ring

In a career of 23 years, Christy Martin won 49 matches. She claimed 31 KOs in her resume in a response to 7 losses and three draws. However, her personal life has seen several dark days, similar to her contemporary Mike Tyson, again.

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In 2010, Martin’s husband had attempted to kill her as she was reported t be a constant subject of domestic violence. Her husband had even shot her with a bullet, but the boxer battled hard to survive. According to the reports of newsweek, Netflix has dubbed her life to display in the Deal with the Devil, the second episode of the show Untold.

The sports documentary will feature her family problem and boxing success in a way that wasn’t known. So, we can actually envision Christy Martin earn the respect which she truly deserves from the fans of every era. Moreover, she is a promoter now and has her own stable full of elite boxers. Thus, the former champion is still active in the boxing chain. No wonder why she is truly one of the best personalities of the boxing world.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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