Boxing: Where Are They Now: Closeup portrait of former Womens Lightweight champion Christy Martin posing during photo shoot at Breakaway Sports. Martin, who now goes by her maiden name of Christy Salters, was nearly killed after being stabbed and shot by her abusive then-husband and manager. Charlotte, NC 5/17/2016 CREDIT: Bill Frakes (Photo by Bill Frakes /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (Set Number: SI391 TK1 )

When your life story has been deemed worthy of being told in a major Hollywood movie, you’ve got a tale to tell.

For starters, Christy Martin is regarded as the fighter who legitimized women’s boxing, a two-time world champion who, while scoring a remarkable 31 knockouts (unheard of in women’s boxing), suffered unimaginable indignities while trying to establish herself in a man’s world.

Growing up, she was a scholar-athlete who earned all-state honors as a high school basketball player, and played in college on scholarship, but became enamored with fighting after competing in tough-woman competitions in smoky barrooms.

Near the end of her illustrious pro boxing career, Martin was stabbed multiple times by her husband/trainer, Jim Martin, who left her for dead, then returned 30 minutes later and shot her for good measure, narrowly missing her heart. She survived to tell the tale — a story she shares nowadays with other domestic violence victims. Meanwhile, he’s serving 25 years in a penitentiary for attempted murder.

“The Coal Miner’s Daughter” paints a vivid picture of all of the above — sometimes in gory detail — in our riveting, in-depth interview.

Before that, we get a thorough breakdown of this Saturday’s big fights — Santa Cruz-Mares II, Crawford-Horn, and Tyson Fury’s comeback — from expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti, who also talk about Billy Joe Saunders’ withdrawal from yet-another date with Martin Murray — is he really injured, or simply angling for a big-money showdown with Canelo or GGG? — and Robert Easter’s degree of readiness for his July 28 title unifier against Mikey Garcia.​

Listen to “RINGSIDE BOXING SHOW Christy Martin: 59 fights, drug addiction, attempted murder, a tale worthy of Hollywood” on Spreaker.

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