Husband charged with assault on boxer

Dec. 1, 2010 at 5:03 PM
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ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Her husband's alleged assault on boxer Christy Martin may have been motivated by her affair with a woman, Florida police records released Wednesday said.

James Martin was arrested Tuesday after a week as a fugitive and hospitalized in Orlando after stabbing himself, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Officials say he will be arraigned after his release from the hospital.

Martin allegedly shot and stabbed his wife at their home in Apopka on Nov. 23.

Records released by the Orange County Sheriff's Department said the attack occurred shortly after Christy Martin spent two days at a motel with a longtime friend. She and the woman reportedly had recently begun a romantic relationship.

Investigators said Martin may have been stalking his wife and threatening to put videos on the Internet.

Christy Martin, 42, began her professional career in 1989 and was a top female boxer. Her husband was her trainer and manager.

A representative released a statement for Christy Martin on Wednesday: "Female boxing legend Christy Martin would like to thank her friends and fans for their support, love and encouraging thoughts and wishes during this difficult time. Christy is making a full recovery and hopes to be released from the hospital in the very near future. Please continue to keep her and her family in your prayers."

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