Micky Ward Speaker Profile
Micky Ward Biography
"Irish" Micky Ward was born October 4, 1965 and isa retired junior welterweight professional boxer and a former WBU champion fromLowell, Massachusetts. He is widely known as the protagonist in the movie basedon his career The Fighter (released in December 2010) and for his trilogy offights with the late Arturo Gatti.
Ward was successful in his return, winning his first nine fights, and won theWBU's Intercontinental Light Welterweight Title in a fight against LouisVeader. He defended the belt once, in a rematch against Veader. Ward earned a1997 IBF Light Welterweight Championship fight against champion Vince Phillips,but did not win the championship, as the fight was stopped in the third rounddue to cuts, and Phillips was awarded the bout via TKO. One year later, Wardagain would come up short in a title fight, as he lost a 12-round decisionagainst Zab Judah.
In 2000, Ward traveled to London to take on the WBU Light WelterweightChampion, Shea Neary, and earned a TKO in the eighth round to win the WBUtitle. Ward, however, never defended the title, and split his next four fights.His ten-round decision victory over Emanuel Augustus (then known as EmanuelBurton) was voted The Ring magazine's 2001 Fight of the Year.
On May 18, 2002, Ward faced the opponent with whom he becamemost identified, Arturo Gatti. The fight was a wild one, but a ninth round Wardknockdown of Gatti proved to be the difference, with Ward winning a majoritydecision. 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 another wild fight. Ward was knocked down in the thirdround, but survived to finish the fight. Gatti paid tribute to Ward's tenacityafter the fight, saying, "I used to wonder what would happen if I foughtmy twin. Now I know."
They then agreed to a third straight fight against eachother, and again, the fight was back and forth. Gatti pounded Ward with punchafter punch early on, Ward fought back and managed a sixth round knockdown ofGatti, but before Gatti could get up, or the referee's count could hit ten, thebell sounded to end the round. Gatti was able to come back and win the fightvia a unanimous decision. Again, both men needed a trip to the hospital, due tothe damage they had suffered in fighting each other. The fight was named the2003 Ring magazine fight of the year, the third straight for Ward.
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