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A Bloody Nose Can Get You Attention

September 5, 1996

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Christy Martin, whose bloody nose made her a talk-show attraction, will kick off the Mike Tyson-Bruce Seldon heavyweight championship card on pay-per-view television Saturday night.

Also performing will be Terry Norris, WBC-IBF junior middleweight champion, and Felix Trinidad, IBF welterweight champion.

``Well, they say you have to bleed for your fame and fortune,″ the 27-year-old Martin said Thursday of the bloody nose she suffered in outpointing Deidre Gogarty on pay-per-view on the card of Tyson’s WBC title win over Frank Bruno on March 16. ``The blood obviously got attention.″

It got her a cover story in Sports Illustrated and appearances on PrimeTime Live, The Today Show, Extra, Day & Date and The Tonight Show.

On Wednesday, Martin, of Orlando, Fla., was presented a BMW auto by promoter Don King, and she will get $50,000 for boxing Melinda Robinson of Austin, Texas, Saturday night in the MGM Grand Garden.

The pay-per-view show will begin at 9 p.m. PDT.

Norris, of Campo, Calif., will defend his shares of the 154-pound title against Alex Rios of San Antonio.

The 29-year-old Norris won the WBC title for the third time when he stopped Luis Santana in the second round Aug. 19, 1995. He won the IBF title on points over Paul Vaden on Dec. 16, 1995, and will be making his third two-title defense. His record is 43-6, with 27 knockouts.

Rios, 26, ranked sixth by the IBF, has an 18-2 record, with 14 knockouts, and a three-fight winning streak dating back to a first-round knockout loss to Raul Marquez on Aug. 23, 1994.

Trinidad, of Puerto Rico, will defend his piece of the 147-pound title against Roy Lovato of Sacramento, Calif.

The 23-year-old champion, 29-0, 25 knockouts, will be making the ninth defense of the title he won by knocking out Maurice Blocker in the second round June 19, 1993.

Lovato, 26, the IBF’s No. 9 contender, has a 21-1 record, with 11 knockouts. The loss came two fights ago when he was outpointed over 12 rounds by Derrell Coley on Jan. 31, 1995.

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