Hall of Fame boxer and now promoter Christy Martin appears on the current Last Stand Podcast with Brian Custer. The former champ gives us blow by blow of her near-death experience at the hands of her ex-husband. Martin tells us why she didn't let the shooting keep her out of the ring. She also breaks down how women's boxing can learn from the UFC and gives female fighters some advice. Click here for the interview
On surviving her ex-husband's attempt to kill her:
"As soon as I came too in the hospital that was the first thing I told everybody, I want to go back to the gym, I’m going back to the ring, I’m going to fight again, but God left me here for a reason and I have to do good on that reason. I go out and speak at jails, domestic violence shelters, any place anytime, where ever. Any opportunity I get to share my story and just bring awareness to domestic violence I do it. And the main thing for people to understand is you cannot wait because you don’t know what date that it’s going to be when that abuser is going to attack you."
What women’s boxing can learn from the UFC:
"I don’t know why boxing can’t use that same road map, but it’s also not using the same road map on making matches either. Over there on the UFC, and I don’t like it, I don’t like the MMA stuff but the best fight the best, and here on boxing sometimes we figure out how the best not to fight the best. And too much is given to that 0 [undefeated record], fighters in the 70s, 80s were all going to fight each other, even the heavyweights they were all willing to take a chance."
Advice to female fighters looking to be main event boxers:
"I think female fighters have to understand it’s business, and so as you’re going through you have to build up your fan base, and that’s what it all comes down too. It’s all about business. Even the guys who are on undercards of pay-per-view fights, it’s the guys who are going to bring attention to the undercard, it’s always about who’s going to bring attention."