Christy Martin

ATHENS — Former world champion boxer Christy Martin will visit Concord University on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 to speak with a group of students. Martin’s presentation will begin at 2 p.m. and will be live streamed. Concord’s GEAR UP Office is hosting the event.

A native of southern West Virginia, Martin played basketball at Concord and graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. She got her introduction to competitive boxing by entering and winning a local Toughwoman contest.

In the professional arena she rose to worldwide success, fame and prominence, elevating the sport of boxing for women to a new level. Her time in the ring and in the spotlight generated a list of national television appearances and landed her on the cover of Sports Illustrated in April 1996. She was also the first female inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame.

Martin is also active in domestic violence awareness. She frequently shares her personal stories on inter-partner violence. She will discuss her life story during her Concord presentation and the resiliency she cultivated to succeed in her sport and career.

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