By Bob Halloran
Box-office sensations Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale big name within the Fighter, in theaters December 10, 2010, and Irish Thunder is the tale at the back of the movie, the tale of ''Irish'' Micky Ward's not going highway to the realm gentle welterweight name. Welcome to Lowell, Massachusetts -- the place something can ensue. Rocky Marciano fought on the Auditorium in 1947. Mike Tyson fought there in his Golden Gloves days. Sugar Ray Leonard received there, as did Marvin Hagler. every one of them ready for his conflict downstairs within the boiler room, similar to millions of different youngsters. ''Irish'' Micky Ward grew up within the Nineteen Seventies and 80s as a difficult child from Lowell, Massachusetts -- a city the place boxers have been as soon as bred as a method of survival. a difficult employee who overcame undesirable success, undesirable administration, and protracted discomfort in his fingers, he kept away from the pitfall of poverty and dead-end paintings that plagued Lowell to develop into a Golden Gloves junior welterweight. Ward participated in highway fights from an early age and used to be eternally identified through his rivals and spectators because the underdog. yet along with his magnificent skill to unexpectedly drop an opponent overdue in a struggle along with his trademark left hook, he saved proving all people unsuitable. After fifteen years of boxing, a string of defeats, and 3 years of retirement, Micky battled Arturo Gatti in 2002 within the conflict that was once later named ''Fight of the Year'' by means of Ring journal and dubbed ''Fight of the Century'' through boxing writers and enthusiasts around the nation. Ten rounds of brutal motion ended with Micky successful through determination, and reviving enthusiasm for a recreation that have been encumbered through years of showboating and corruption. ESPN and Boston tv reporter Bob Halloran recounts Micky's upward thrust to hero prestige, his contention along with his imprisoned brother, and the negotiations, betrayals, and medication that eventually formed a wild early life right into a nationally revered boxer.
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Guilty by association. “Oh yeah, it was a confrontation,” said Superintendent John Sheehan, though he denied his officers were unnecessarily violent. “I’ve seen it many, many times. Guys get together after the fact and tell you what you want to hear. Their recollection of the event breaks down. I’m here to tell you there was a confrontation. It was like most confrontations. ” “I don’t know what he was doing there that night,” Cleo says. “It’s one of the toughest bars in New England. It’s just a shame.
Training became difficult for him because his trainer, Johnny Dunn, was in Boston. Dickie had a falling out with Ramalho when he turned pro. Ramalho had given him full use of his gym, trained him, and nurtured him through the Silver Mittens and Golden Gloves. Ramalho assumed that when Dickie turned pro, he’d still be his trainer, but Dickie had other ideas. He and his mother wanted someone with more connections, so they passed over the “Lowell Connection,” and went with the sixty-eight-year-old Dunn.
But he didn’t continue his training either. “He kept saying he was going to,” Micky says. ” So Dickie returned to the streets, and five months after his release from Billerica, his evening at the Cosmo escalated into another arrest. Police Chief Sheehan was quoted as saying: First and foremost, Dickie is very concerned and interested in Micky’s career. Of course his heart is in the right place. But then you have to look at his lifestyle, his frame of mind, his approach to life. What are the proper influences for a young boxer like Micky?