Paramount Pictures has reportedly fast tracked The Fighter which is a biopic of fighter Irish Micky Ward. Mark Walhberg and Matt Damon will be co-starring in this movie based on the life of Micky Ward and his half brother and trainer Dicky Eklund.
Any real fan of boxing will remember the Ward vs Gatti fights. These two fighters brought the real thrill of boxing back in these epic battles. Some of the best brawling in a boxing match that I’ve ever watched live or on tv. Being from the Lowell area myself I can tell you that Micky Ward was really a hero of the people. He was a blue collar worker from the streets that made good.
Dicky Eklund, Wards half brother and trainer, was once in the HBO Documentary film titled “High on Crack Street” which was a movie documenting the once rampant crack problem on the streets of Lowell Massachusetts. He was in the documentary for obvious reasons. His comeback from a life of drugs is a triumph in itself. When you team that with the boxing career of Micky Ward, you can see it is truly the stuff movies are made of.
Watch Micky Ward Pound on Gatti
Micky Ward ran the Boston Marathon in April 2004 as a Fund-Raiser for his favorite charity, the Lowell based Kids In Disability Sports Inc.
“When I get tired (during a training run), I think of the kids who can’t run” he said.” That’s what keeps me going. And seeing the smile on the kids faces, that’s the main thing.” K.I.D.S. and its president and founder, Bruce Lucier, are trying to raise enough money to operate a building geared toward disabled athletes. The building would be the first of its kind in the country.
Those interested in donating on behalf of Ward can make out checks to:
K.I.D.S. Inc. c/o Micky Ward and send them to:
P.O. Box 8487, Lowell Ma. 01853
I for one am a huge micky ward fan, I cannot wait for this film to be released. There is no release date as of yet and shooting has not even begun. I will definitely keep you updated as the information is available. here’s some more stuff about Micky Ward.