Basket, New York. When former world champion Christy Martin started boxing in 1991, opportunities for female boxers were slim as it was understood
Basket, New York. When former world champion Christy Martin started boxing in 1991, opportunities for female boxers were slim as it was understood that boxing was not a women’s sport.
I did not begin this conception, the former athlete demonstrated the power of her fists very early and forged a path in boxing that led her to become the World Boxing Council (WBC) super welterweight champion and gain great notoriety for her aggressiveness.
A champion in and out of the ring who nearly died in a domestic violence incident in which she was stabbed and shot by ex-husband and trainer James Martin, Martin embraces her Hall of Fame induction as part of the class of 2020 as a showcase of what women boxers have achieved.
In fact, she – along with the Dutch Lucia Rijker and the British Barbara Buttrick – is one of the first three fighters to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of the 2020 class. The American promoter Kathy Duva is also part of that group. .
The class of 2021 will recognize Laila Ali, Ann Wolfe, Jackie Tonawanda and Marian Trimiar. Dr. Margaret Goodman also belongs.
Meanwhile, from 2022 Regina Halmich and Holly Holm will be recognized.
Quite a quantitative leap in favor of women in the sport of flat noses and this was recognized by Martin.
“I think finally receiving this recognition after all these years shows how far we boxers have come. I started (boxing) in 1991, and here we are. My class is the class of 2020. It took a long time. But you know what? Anything worth working for is worth working for, and we did,” Martin said at an autograph signing held Thursday on the Boxing Hall of Fame grounds.
Martín, who closed her career with a record of 49-7-3 and 32 knockouts, said that the recognition of women boxers for the first time in the history of the boxing hall of immortals is a sign that recognize the worth of these athletes.
“This tells me that female boxers are finally starting to get the recognition and respect that we deserve and how powerful we have been,” she stipulated. “They have seen that we female boxers add to the fight cards with interesting and competitive fights. The bottom line is that we can fight.”
The dance of the millions and Amanda Serrano
Martin acknowledged that women’s boxing has changed since she debuted in the 1990s. From pay to recognition on billboards.
“In my first fight I won $20. Last month, Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano each made a million. Obviously, stock markets have grown tremendously. But also because of social networks, more people are more aware of female boxers”, Martin reasoned when referring to the mega fight between the Irish Katie Taylor and the Puerto Rican Amanda Serrano to define the undisputed lightweight champion.
The brawl was held on April 30 at New York’s Madison Square Garden and marked the first time two women had starred on a billboard there. It was also the most lucrative of all time with a million dollar purse each.
Taylor emerged with the split decision win and retained his World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Organization (WBO) and World Boxing Council (WBC) titles.
Speaking of Amanda Serrano, do you understand that she could reach the Hall of Fame? Martin was asked. His response was forceful.
“Absolutely. Amanda Serrano is a ‘Hall of Famer’. She once she retires, in five years. No doubts about that”.