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Boxing great to train at IBHOF

The International Boxing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that Christy Martin will set up training headquarters at the Hall of Fame from Aug. 24 through Aug. 31. Martin is scheduled to box Sept. 2 at "Fight Night at the Fair" at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.

"We are so excited to bring one of the most famous and accomplished female fighters in history to Canastota to train for her upcoming fight," said International Boxing Hall of Fame Director Ed Brophy.

Martin will conduct workout sessions from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily at the Hall of Fame's Event Pavilion next week. Workout sessions will include sparring, heavy bag, speed bag, jump rope and more. The daily workouts are open to the public. Also, admission to the IBHOF will be waived during the training sessions.

"This will be a great opportunity for the public to see Christy workout and also tour the Hall and enjoy the many exhibits on boxing's greatest fighters," said Brophy.

Nicknamed "The Coal Miner's Daughter," Martin is a two-time world champion who helped bring women's boxing into the mainstream over the course of her 20-year career. Martin has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated and fought on the same card as boxing greats Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson. Boxing legend Don King was her promoter for 10 years. Martin is striving to reach 50 career victories, having earned her 48th win Aug. 1, bringing her professional record to 48-5-3 with 31 knockouts.

"Fight Night at the Fair" will feature three main events. In addition to Martin, 2004 Olympic heavyweight Jason Estrada and middleweight James McGirt Jr. will headline the first professional boxing event ever held at the fair's grandstand.

Bouts are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 2, at the Mohegan Sun Grandstand. Four additional bouts featuring some of New York State's most exciting, up-and-coming professional fighters are also scheduled. Jimmy Burchfield's Classic Entertainment and Sports of Providence, R.I., has been promoting the fight night.

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