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Amy Schumer in talks for hard-hitting film about female boxing champ

Cover Media logo Cover Media 17/04/2018

Amy Schumer holding a sign posing for the camera © Provided by Cover Media Newlywed Amy Schumer is in talks to portray real-life boxer Christy Martin in a hard-hitting new biopic.

The star has made a name for herself as a comedy actress in films like Trainwreck, Snatched, and I Feel Pretty, which opens in America this week (20Apr18), but she's keen to get a little dramatic to star in Katherine Fugate's true story about the fighter, who had to battle men to gain respect, according to Deadline.

Dakota Stone v Christy Martin © Getty Dakota Stone v Christy Martin Martin, aka Christy Salters, grew up in West Virginia and earned the boxing nickname The Coalminer’s Daughter after her early successes in the ring. But as she started beating men, some purists tried to keep her down and one trainer ordered a boxer to break her ribs in a fight in an effort to change her mind about the sport - but the gritty woman never gave up.

Ironically, she went on to marry Jim Martin, the trainer who ordered the beatdown, and then became the first woman to sign with revered boxing promoter Don King, who signed her to a series of pay-per-view fights.

Boxer Christy Martin © Getty Boxer Christy Martin Martin was the champion until Muhammad Ali's daughter Laila arrived on the scene and beat her in 2003.

Her private life was just as punchy as her career - she fell in love with another woman and left Martin, who shot and stabbed her and left her for dead in a brutal and jealous rage.

Amy Schumer © Getty Amy Schumer She recovered from her injuries, changed her name to Salters and testified against her husband, helping to put him behind bars.

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