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Untold: Who is Christy Martin's wife? Where is Lisa Holewyne now?

Joshua Rogers August 18, 2021
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Boxer Christy Salters Martin is the subject of Netflix’s second episode of Untold – Deal With The Devil. The episode chronicles Martin’s harrowing story with ex-husband and trainer James Martin. After the episode aired, people were curious about Christy Martin’s wife, Lisa Holewyne, and where they are now.

Boxer Christy Salters features in Untold: Deal With The Devil

Netflix’s Untold is a docu-series that sheds light on dramatic and controversial events from the world of sport.

The first episode – Untold: Malice At The Palace – remembered the shocking brawl that took place between the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons at an NBA game in 2004.

UNTOLD Vol. 1 | Official Trailer | Netflix

UNTOLD Vol. 1 | Official Trailer | Netflix

Untold returned this week with episode 2, Untold: Deal With The Devil.

Untold: Deal With The Devil tells the story of Christy Salters Martin, a trailblazing female boxer who helped legitimise women’s participation in the sport.

She made headlines after winning a blood-soaked bout on the undercard of the Mike Tyson/Frank Bruno heavyweight fight in 1996.

After that, Martin had a meteoric rise, featuring on the cover of Sports Illustrated and breaking women’s boxing pay-per-view records.

However, away from the ring Christy’s life was plagued by her relationship with ex-husband and trainer James Martin.

Untold: Deal With The Devil chronicles her harrowing story, which included substance abuse, struggles with her sexual orientation, and how shockingly close she came to dying.

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Christy’s relationship with Lisa Holewyne

The episode details Christy Salters’ relationship with ex-husband James Martin amid struggles of hiding the fact she was gay.

Christy openly said her marriage to Martin was more of a business deal, and that she identified as a lesbian.

At the time, though, her family refused to accept her orientation.

Furthermore, Sports Illustrated reported Martin would convince Christy no other manager would work with her because of her sexual orientation.

However, later on in her life the boxer met Lisa Holewyne.

Like Christy Salters Martin, Lisa Holewyne was a decorated boxer – they actually fought each other in Las Vegas in 2001.

Christy won by unanimous decision and, from that point on, the two became close, particularly after spending time together on the women’s boxing circuit.

As time went on and Christy came out, they discovered a romantic spark and formed a relationship.


Where are Lisa Holewyne and Christy Salters Martin now?

According to TheCinemaholic, the pair married on 25 November 2017 and live in Austin, Texas.

The publication reports the couple proposed to one another in a hotel parking lot following four months of courtship.

Christy Salters Martin was inducted into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame in 2020. She owns Christy Martin Promotions, a boxing advertising and development company.

Lisa Holewyne is said to be supportive of her wife’s business venture and attends every match and event the company represents.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.