Christy Martin

19 years ago today (3-16-96) “The Coalminer’s Daughter” Christy Martin won a bloody six-round unanimous decision in the lightweight class over the “Hard Hitting” Deirdre Gogarty. The event place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on the undercard of a Don King Productions event featuring Mike Tyson, Bernard Hopkins, and Ricardo Lopez. Martin’s win over the tougher-than-nails Gogarty moved women’s boxing into the modern era where the sweater side of the science enjoyed immense popularity with Laila Ali and Mia St. John joining Martin as the centerpieces of the sport.


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