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Boxer: Sex discrimination behind halted fight

LOS ANGELES - The California State Athletic Commission has upheld ring officials' decision to stop boxer Christy Martin's June 4 bout with Dakota Stone after Martin suffered a broken right hand.

The panel voted 5-0 Monday in Los Angeles despite claims by Martin's attorney that it amounted to sex discrimination because of a misguided notion of a greater need to protect female fighters.

Martin says she didn't expect to win her appeal but had hoped the fight would be ruled no-contest. Stone got the victory when the ring doctor ordered the fight stopped and the referee waved his hands with 51 seconds left in the final round.

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Martin was winning on all three scorecards at Staples Center at the time.

Attorney Gloria Allred claims a fight between male fighters wouldn't have been stopped.

The bout was Martin's return to the ring six months after being stabbed and shot, allegedly by her husband.

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