With weeklong anticipation and training at the International Boxing Hall of Fame Christy Martin took home the WBC female junior middleweight championship title during the Sept. 2 "Fight Night at the Fair" held at the Mohegan Sun Grandstand.
Although the recently crowned champ touted the win over Dakota Stone, she paid a price breaking her right hand during the start of the tenth round. Martin worked the ring while throwing some southpaw jabs, while holding back her injured hand. The crowd roared in Stone's favor to go for the knockout during the final seconds of the tenth round.
Stone's fans rallied throughout the fight and loudly disagreed with the judges' final decision in Martin's corner. Martin improved her record to 49-5-3, and had plans to make it 50 wins, but plans may change because of the broken hand.
The Sept. 2 fight night was the first ever-professional show at the New York State Fair. The Hall of Fame partnered with the fair in hosting the boxing night with a full fight card and boxing celebrities.
Boxing fans in the ringside crowd spoke between matches and said "there has never been a boxing lineup like this in Syracuse." A few male attendants said they "passed up a date with a girl, because fights like these aren't always in Syracuse."
Hall of Fame Executive Director Ed Bophy climbed into the ring after Martin's win to help welcome the boxing legends that attended "Fight Night."
The boxing celebrities that attended include Canastota native Carmen Basilio, who won the world welterweight championship from Sugar Ray Robinson; Emile Griffith, a former welterweight and middleweight world champion; Carlos Ortiz, a three-time world boxing champion; Vito Antuofermo, the former world middleweight champion; Livingstone Bramble, the flamboyant former world lightweight champion; Dickie DiVeronica, a welterweight professional boxer and former prot (c)g (c) of Basilio; Vinny Paz, two-title world boxing champ also known as "The Pazmanian Devil;" Joe Mesi, the former undefeated, number one-ranked heavyweight contender; and George Chuvalo, the heavyweight boxer who went the distance with Mohammad Ali, Joe Frazier and Joe Foreman and was never knocked down during a 93-fight career.