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Famed boxer brings fight night to the Ocean Center

Considered one of the most successful female boxers in the United States, Christy Martin knows a thing or two about the sport, whether she’s in the ring or organizing the card. She’s bringing that talent to the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach at Friday, Aug. 15, with Christy Martin’s Fight Night Battle at the Beach 3.

The event, hosted in association with Payne Boxing Management, will bring an evening of professional boxing to Daytona Beach. The main event features Alberto Palmetta, who boasts a 13-1 record and competed in the 2016 Olympics. Additional participating boxers include Torres, Fortunato Saya and King.

“Daytona was my home in the early ‘90’s. No one is promoting boxing here, so I would like to build Daytona into a place to be for great fights,” said Martin. “We have 13 exciting bouts on the show Saturday with tremendous fireworks promised. CMP and Payne Boxing are not just bringing professional boxing, we are bringing WBA title fights to the Ocean Center.”

One doesn’t have to look any further than Martin’s own story to recognize the fighter she is, both professionally and personally. Martin was the first woman to sign with legendary promoter Don King and is among the first class of women elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Her career in the ring spanned more than 30 years, where she amassed a record of 49-7, with three draws and 31 wins by knockout. Martin also faced battles in her personal life—both an abusive husband who attempted to murder her in November 2010 and a drug addiction. But, as in many of her boxing matches, she found the strength to fight back. So what led Martin to begin planning events?

“God has blessed me, and in return I want to help up and coming boxers achieve their dream of becoming a world champion,” said Martin.

Doors for the event open at 5 p.m. and fights begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $42 for general admission and $62 for floor seats and are available for purchase online. Masks are required and social distancing measures will be implemented for the safety of those in attendance. The event will also be shown live on Pay Per View by QC Broadcasting.

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