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."