SPORT: BELLE OF THE BRAWL

COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER CHRISTY MARTIN KNOCKS BOXING FANS FOR A LOOP WITH A BRAVURA PERFORMANCE THAT UPSTAGES THE BIG BOYS

THE CHAMP WORE PINK. A PINK robe, pink shoes, pink trunks and, thanks to the mixture of blood and sweat but certainly not tears, a pink shirt that was once white. Fighting on the undercard of the Mike Tyson-Frank Bruno W.B.C. heavyweight title fight in Las Vegas on March 16, Christy Martin, billed as the Coal Miner's Daughter, won a unanimous six-round decision over Deirdre Gogarty, unbilled as the daughter of two Irish dentists.

Besides knocking each other around, Martin and Gogarty punched the lights out of several presumptions. First to fall was the notion that women can't box and that...

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