Micky Ward

Category: Boxers & UFC
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Of all sports, boxing must be the hardest. No sport could compare to physical demand of boxing. Every move you make could get you punched in the face. The rules a simple: punch the guy ‘til he falls over. While most people could name the likes of Mohammed Ali, Rocky, Mike Tyson and George Foreman, most never hear the stories of the underdogs. Luckily, that’s professional boxer and sports speaker Micky Ward’s job. After winning the New England Golden Glove Championship three times as an amateur, Ward turned pro when he was just 20 years old. He began his career strong, winning his first 14 fights. Right as his career began to take off Ward fell into a slump. After badly losing four consecutive fights, Ward decided to take a break from boxing. After going back to work on a road paving crew, it looked as if Ward would never enter the ring again. It wasn’t until his half-brother Dicky Eklund talked some sense into him that he decided to take up the sport again. His rebirth into professional boxing was a professional one – Ward won his first nine fights and won the WBU’s Intercontinental Light Welterweight Title, which he defended in a rematch. In 2000 he would win the title again. In 2001 Ward won a brutal 10 round bout over Emanuel Augustus, which would eventually be named Ring Magazine’s fight of the year. 2002 would prove to be the defining moment in Ward’s career, when he fought Arturo Gatti of Canada and won in 10 rounds, and ended in both fighters being hospitalized. The two immediately agreed to a rematch, which Gatti won. Not content with the 1-1 outcome, the two would fight a third and final time, which produced one of the best rounds of boxing of all time. Gatti came out on top, but not before sending both fighters to the hospital yet again. Over the cource of the three fights, the first and third won Ring Magazine’s fight of the year in both 2002 and 2003, respectively. After his retirement from boxing, Ward set up a boxing academy with his step-brother, to train the future of the sport.