World news – CA – Former boxing champion and domestic violence victim Kristy Martin tells her story for « 48 Hours » on CBS


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Christie, « the daughter of the coal miner », Martin won 49 of the 59 fights, winning 31 of them by knockout. The lightweight middleweight fought the flagship from 1989 to 2012, amassing multiple belts along the way. Sadly, this fierce and adorable female boxing symbol has been a victim of domestic violence. Martin advances to tell her story, hoping to save others from a similar fate.

Kristi was only 22 years old when she met her future husband, Jim Martin, who was 47 years old. He became her coach and a year later he became her husband. However, according to Kristi, the relationship wasn’t so much romantic as it was an enduring work relationship. At the time, she saw marriage as a way to solve a problem with her parents – that is, their disapproval of dating a girl, Sherry Lask, in high school..

While Jim Martin initially saw women’s boxing as a farce, he saw a financial opportunity in Christie, and took the opportunity to become her coach. Soon after their marriage, the psychological abuse began.

When Jim learns of Christie’s past with Sherry Lusk, he keeps the information above her head. He always said, ‘I’m gonna tell the world you’re gay. “And for whatever reason, you know, I wasn’t strong enough to say, ‘Go ahead. “I know people think I have to be tough and tough and all of these things. But . . . I didn’t have the same kind of mental strength to overcome, « Christie said for 48 hours.

Over time, the abuse escalated into physical violence. After 19 years of marriage, Kristi summons her courage and tells Jim that she is leaving him for her high school sweetheart, Losk..

A few days later, on November 23, 2010, Jim Martin entered their bedroom, armed with a knife and a pistol.. After several stab wounds and gunshot wounds to the chest, Kristi lay pretending to be dead, and Jim went to the shower.. While he was washing her blood, Christie left the house and asked a neighbor for help. In her CBS interview, Kristi said, « I’d like to see the look on his face when he’s out of the bathroom, he’s back into the room and I’m gone. ».

A bullet landed three inches from her heart, punctured her lung, severed her leg in the bone, and was stabbed four times in the chest, but when the murder attempt went to trial, Jim Martin defended himself.

Unsurprisingly, his attorneys used Christie’s stature as a world champion boxer to paint a picture of him as a victim.. The attempt was unsuccessful. Sentenced to 25 years in prison.

The prosecutor in the case, Deborah Parra, said for 48 hours, “I think it’s a great story because you have a world-famous boxer champion and could still be in a domestic violence relationship.. Because this is not related to physical strength. It’s about mental abuse.

Christy Martin’s fighting spirit, easily evident on the boxing ring, served her well in her last fight.. “Finally, I managed to handle it, and I got the 50th win, when I got up from the floor on November 23, 2010, and walked out of my house.. That was my 50th win.

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World News – California – Former boxing champion and domestic violence victim Kristi Martin tells her story to CBS ’48 Hours


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