(AUG 17) The date was
November 9, 1996, and a chance for women's boxing to shine this
night. The fight was a televised Pay-Per-View featuring Bethany
Payne vs. Christy Martin. As Payne entered the ring they
announced and posted on the "tale of the tape" that Payne
donned an impressive 15-1 record. Where that bogus record
came from for Payne---is anyone's guess. But it didn't take long to see
this female did not have any idea how to actually box.
In a Miami Herald article that WBAN posted in 1999, writer Ken
Rodriguez, who wrote an article about the seamier side of women's boxing, had
Payne included in this disturbing report.
Ken Rodriguez wrote the following in that 1999 article:
"A mysterious woman from Atlanta appeared in the MGM Grand
boxing ring in Las Vegas two years ago, a shadowy figure amid
sparkling lights. She was tall and thin and went by the moniker
Foxy Brown, and that should have given fans a clue. On
paper, Bethany ''Foxy Brown'' Payne looked like a champ. Fifteen
victories in 16 fights, the ring announcer said. But the woman
inside the ropes, awaiting the biggest female fight in history,
was a former prostitute, a stripper who had never fought before.
Within minutes, Payne was hammered by Christy Martin, reigning
queen of women's boxing, and disappeared into a haze of smoke
"The Martin-Payne match, hyped as a major prelude to the first
Evander Holyfield-Mike Tyson fight on Nov. 9, 1996, lasted one
round. A record pay-per-view audience of 1.6 million homes
witnessed the first round technical knockout. Women's boxing,
its popularity rising on the grit and glamor of Christy Martin,
is propped up by a host of Bethany Paynes, opponents who can't
fight a lick. Some are hookers, many are exotic dancers, most
are looking to make quick money, " added Rodriguez.
Rodriguez said, "Christy Martin made $75,000 for beating Payne.
According to Fight Fax, Inc., keeper of all professional boxing
records, Payne had never before fought in a sanctioned bout. Mezaughn Kemp, Payne's trainer, pulled Payne off Atlanta's
streets to make $6,000."
Payne had trained for a whole "2 1/2 weeks" before fighting
This is one "Flash From the Past" fight that any and everyone
would like to forget ever happened on a big televised card!