Former Boxing Champ Complains of Sex Discrimination

Christy Martin and Her Attorney Gloria Allred are set to hold a press conference in Los Angeles today. They’re set to appear in front of the California State Athletic Commission to challenge and protest what they call “sex discrimination.” Their case is in regards to Martin’s recent fight in which it was stopped in the last round. Allred claims that the stoppage prevented Martin from getting her 50th win. The fight took place at the Staples Center on June 4, 2011, where Martin was winning (ahead on points) and where there were only 51 seconds left in the fight.



Ms. Martin and Ms. Allred will argue that sex discrimination and sexual stereotyping of a female boxer played a major role in the decision to stop the fight and deprive Christy of what would have been her 50th victory as a professional boxer.


Christy Martin is the women’s Super Welterweight Boxing Champion of the world (WBC). She was the first woman athlete in any sport to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.


Last November, her then husband is alleged to have attempted to murder her by stabbing her, shooting her and pistol whipping her.  He has been arrested and is in custody, awaiting trial in October on the attempted murder trial.


Despite this horrific experience, Christy was determined to continue to fight and win her 50th victory.  After being released from the hospital, she began intensive training and the fight she hoped to win finally took place on June 4, 2011 at the Staples Center in L.A against Dakota Stone.


Christy was in great shape and was ahead on points going into the sixth and last round of that fight.


However, in the last round, with 51 seconds remaining, the referee suddenly stopped the fight and gave the victory to Christy’s opponent, seemingly because one of Christy’s hands was injured and she momentarily winced. Christy pleaded with officials to be allowed to continue, but her request was denied.


At the news conference and at the hearing, Ms. Allred will explain why they are appealing that decision and why they have many reasons to believe and have evidence to support their argument that an unfair and sexist double standard was applied to Christy to stop the fight.


NOTE:   Ms. Martin’s appeal is number six on the agenda of the Commission’s meeting inside the Reagan Building Auditorium this morning.