- Micky Ward
Ward in March 2011
Statistics Real name Micky Ward Nickname(s) Irish Rated at Junior welterweight Nationality American Born October 4, 1965
Lowell, Massachusetts, US
Stance Orthodox Boxing record Total fights 51 Wins 38 Wins by KO 27 Losses 13 Draws 0 No contests 0
Micky Ward (born October 4, 1965), nicknamed Irish, is a retired American junior welterweight professional boxer and a former WBU champion from Lowell, Massachusetts. He is widely known as the protagonist in the 2010 feature film The Fighter based on his career and culminating with his title bout against Shea Neary.
Ward was a three-time New England Golden Gloves champion boxer who turned pro in 1985, winning his first fourteen fights. However, his career leveled off, and after losing four consecutive fights in 1990/91, Ward took a hiatus from boxing.
During Ward's time away from the sport, he used some of the funds from his day job on a road-paving crew to have surgery on his right hand, with which he had problems during several bouts. The surgery used some of the bone from Ward's pelvis to strengthen and fuse the bones in his hand. His half-brother, former boxer Dicky Eklund, who was struggling with drug addiction and had just been released from jail on charges including drug possession, convinced Ward to take up the sport again.
Return to the ring
Ward was successful in his return, winning his first nine fights, and won the WBU's Intercontinental Light Welterweight Title in a fight against Louis Veader. He defended the belt once, in a rematch against Veader. Ward earned a 1997 IBF Light Welterweight Championship fight against champion Vince Phillips, but did not win the championship, as the fight was stopped in the third round due to cuts, and Phillips was awarded the bout via TKO. One year later, Ward again would come up short in a title fight, as he lost a 12-round decision against Zab Judah.
In 2000, Ward traveled to London to take on the WBU Light Welterweight Champion, Shea Neary, and earned a TKO in the eighth round to win the WBU title. Ward, however, never defended the title, and split his next four fights. His ten-round decision victory over Emanuel Augustus (then known as Emanuel Burton) was voted The Ring magazine's 2001 Fight of the Year.
Ward vs. Gatti trilogy
On May 18, 2002, Ward faced the opponent with whom he became most identified, Arturo Gatti. The fight was a wild one, but a ninth round Ward knockdown of Gatti proved to be the difference, with Ward winning a majority decision. The fight was later named the 2002 Ring magazine fight of the year. Both fighters needed care in a trauma center after the match.
The two agreed to an immediate rematch, and in November, Gatti was able to win the second wild fight. Ward was knocked down in the third round, but survived to finish the fight. Gatti paid tribute to Ward's tenacity after the fight, saying, "I used to wonder what would happen if I fought my twin. Now I know."
They then agreed to a third straight fight, and again, the fight was back and forth. Gatti pounded Ward with punch after punch early on, but Ward fought back and managed a sixth round knockdown of Gatti. Before Gatti could get up, or the referee's count could hit ten, the bell sounded to end the round. Gatti was able to come back and win the fight via a unanimous decision. Again, both men needed a trip to the hospital, due to the injuries they suffered. The fight was named the 2003 Ring magazine fight of the year, the third straight for Ward.
All told, Ward made approximately $3 million in earnings for his trilogy with Gatti; the most lucrative fights of his career.
Ward still lives in Lowell, where he is part owner of and runs a gym as well as part owner of an outdoor hockey rink. Ward married Charlene Fleming, his long time girlfriend, who is also a former athlete. They live with Ward's daughter, Kasie. Ward's half-brother and former trainer Dicky Eklund still trains the new boxers at the academy run by Ward.
Professional boxing record
38 Wins (27 knockouts, 11 decisions), 13 Losses (1 eye-stoppage
, 12 decisions), 0 Draws
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes Loss 38–13 Arturo Gatti UD 10 (10) 2003-06-07 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Ring Magazine Fight of the Year Loss 38–12 Arturo Gatti UD 10 (10) 2002-11-23 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Win 38–11 Arturo Gatti MD 10 (10) 2002-05-18 Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut Ring Magazine Fight of the Year Loss 37–11 Jesse James Leija TD 5 (10) 2002-01-05 Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas Fight stopped due to a cut on Leija. Win 37–10 Emanuel Augustus UD 10 (10) 2001-07-13 Hampton Beach Casino, Hampton Beach, New Hampshire Ring Magazine Fight of the Year Win 36–10 Steve Quinonez KO 1 (10), 3:03 2001-05-18 Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut Loss 35–10 Antonio Diaz UD 10 (10) 2000-08-19 Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut Win 35–9 Shea Neary TKO 8 (12), 2:55 2000-03-11 Olympia, London Won WBU Light Welterweight title. Win 34–9 Reggie Green TKO 10 (10), 2:40 1999-10-01 Icenter, Salem, New Hampshire Win 33–9 Jermal Corbin TKO 5 (10) 1999-07-16 Hampton Beach Casino, Hampton Beach, New Hampshire Win 32–9 Jose Luis Mendez TKO 3 (?) 1999-03-17 Boston, Massachusetts Loss 31–9 Zab Judah UD 12 (12) 1998-06-07 Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida interim USBA Light Welterweight title. Win 31–8 Mark Fernandez KO 3 (8), 1:57 1998-04-14 Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut Loss 30–8 Vince Phillips TKO 3 (12), 2:49 1997-08-09 The Roxy, Boston, Massachusetts IBF Light Welterweight title. Cut eye stoppage. Win 30–7 Alfonso Sanchez KO 7 (10), 1:53 1997-04-12 Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Win 29–7 Manny Castillo SD 10 (10) 1996-12-06 Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada Win 28–7 Louis Veader UD 12 (12) 1996-07-28 Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut WBU Intercontinental Light Welterweight Title Win 27–7 Louis Veader TKO 9 (12), 1:28 1996-04-13 Fleet Center, Boston, Massachusetts WBU Intercontinental Light Welterweight Title Win 26–7 Alex Ortiz TKO 1 (6) 1996-03-15 Wonderland Ballroom, Revere, Massachusetts Win 25–7 Alberto Alicea TKO 3 (8) 1996-01-26 Wonderland Ballroom, Revere, Massachusetts Win 24–7 Edgardo Rosario TKO 1 (4) 1995-12-30 Wonderland Greyhound Park, Revere, Massachusetts Win 23–7 Genaro Andujar KO 3 (10) 1994-09-10 Lowell Auditorium, Lowell, Massachusetts Win 22–7 Luis Castillo TKO 5 (10) 1994-06-17 Sheraton Inn, Lowell, Massachusetts Loss 21–7 Ricky Meyers UD 10 (10) 1991-10-15 Harrah's Trump Plaza Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey Loss 21–6 Tony Martin UD 10 (10) 1991-05-02 Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey Loss 21–5 Charles Murray UD 12 (12) 1990-10-18 Rochester War Memorial, Rochester, NY USBA light welterweight title Loss 21–4 Harold Brazier UD 12 (12) 1990-04-26 Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey IBF Inter-Continental welterweight title Win 21–3 David Rivello SD 10 (10) 1990-02-03 Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts Win 20–3 Clarence Coleman TKO 5 (10) 1989-05-23 Showboat Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey Loss 19–3 Frankie Warren UD 12 (12) 1989-01-15 Caesar's Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey USBA light welterweight title Win 19–2 Francisco Tomas da Cruz TKO 3 (10) 1988-12-13 Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey Loss 18–2 Mike Mungin UD 10 (10) 1988-09-09 Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey Win 18–1 Marvin Garris TKO 2 (?) 1988-07-09 Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey Win 17–1 David Silva UD 10 (10) 1988-05-19 Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey Win 16–1 Joey Olivera UD 10 (10) 1988-02-19 Bally's Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada Win 15–1 Joey Ferrell TKO 1 (10) 1988-01-15 Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey Loss 14–1 Edwin Curet SD 10 (10) 1987-09-25 Resorts Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey Win 14–0 Derrick McGuire TKO 4 (8) 1987-08-25 Ballys Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey Win 13–0 Kelly Koble TKO 4 (8) 1987-04-06 Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada Win 12–0 Hilario Mercedes SD 8 (8) 1987-02-24 Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey Win 11–0 Carlos Brandi KO 2 (10) 1986-10-24 Lowell Auditorium, Lowell, Massachusetts Win 10–0 John Rafuse UD 8 (8) 1986-08-29 Lowell Auditorium, Lowell, Massachusetts Win 9–0 Rafael Terrero TKO 2 (6) 1986-07-04 Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey Win 8–0 Ken Willis PTS 6 (6) 1986-06-15 Atlantic City, New Jersey Win 7–0 Luis Pizzarro TKO 3 (6) 1986-05-30 Trump Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey Win 6–0 Darrell Curtis TKO 5 (?) 1986-04-18 Trump Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey Win 5–0 Jesus Carlos Velez KO 6 (6) 1986-02-21 Trump Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey Win 4–0 Mike Peoples UD 4 (4) 1986-01-24 Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey Win 3–0 Chris Bajor TKO 3 (4) 1986-01-10 Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey Win 2–0 Greg Young TKO 4 (4) 1985-08-27 Memorial Auditorium, Lowell, Massachusetts Win 1–0 David Morin TKO 1 (4) 1985-06-13 Roll-On-America Skating Rink, Lawrence, Massachusetts Micky's Professional Debut
In popular culture
The story of Ward's comeback and rise to fame was made into a 2010 feature film, The Fighter, starring Mark Wahlberg (who was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actor) as Ward. Wahlberg confirmed to Spike TV that The Fighter 2 is in the works, which will focus on the legendary fight trilogy between Ward and Arturo Gatti.
A book – Irish Thunder: The Hard Life and Times of Micky Ward – about Ward's life and boxing career was written by Bob Halloran in 2008.
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