Boxer Christy Martin Stabbed, Shot By Husband

Superstar's husband on the run in Florida
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2010 1:21 AM CST
Updated Nov 25, 2010 5:55 AM CST
Christy Martin celebrates after a 1997 bout against Isra Girgrah at Madison Square Garden in New York City.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Boxing's first female superstar is recovering in the hospital after being attacked with a knife and handgun by her husband, police say. Christy Martin managed to escape from the couple's Orlando-area home and flag down a motorist who took her to hospital, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Police are searching for her husband, 66-year-old Jim Martin, who had been her trainer and publicist for years.

Martin became a star after a 1996 bout in Las Vegas that was televised to 30 million homes. Promoter Don King, who signed Martin in the early '90s, called her a "fantastic fighter" and "symbol of womanhood" and said they had been in touch about a possible comeback. "I'm very saddened by this tragic incident," he said. "My prayers go out for her."

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