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“IRISH” MICKY WARD TO RETURN TO CANASTOTA FOR 2010 HALL OF FAME WEEKEND



    CANASTOTA, NY - APRIL 30, 2010 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today “Irish” Micky Ward will attend festivities planned for the 21st Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 10-13th.

“Micky Ward was a true warrior inside the ropes,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “He is a fan favorite and we’re so excited to welcome him back to Canastota.”

Boxing out of Lowell, MA, Ward was one of boxing's most exciting fighters. He turned pro in 1985 and used a crowd-pleasing style to register a 38-13 (27 KOs) record, including wins over Shea Neary, Reggie Green and Emanuel Burton. In 2002 and 2003 Ward engaged in an epic trilogy with Arturo Gatti (1-2). Following their third bout Ward announced his retirement from the ring. During his career, he was in “Fight of the Year” three times (2001 vs. Burton, 2002 and 2003 vs. Gatti). A motion picture (The Fighter) chronicling his life starring Mark Wahlberg recently completed production. 

The June 10-13th Hall of Fame Induction Weekend will feature over 20 exciting events including a banquet, Madison Square Garden night, parade, golf tournament, cocktail party and the official induction ceremony honoring the Class of 2010. Living inductees to be honored at the Official Induction Ceremony on Sunday, June 13th are light flyweight champion Jung-Koo Chang (South Korea), featherweight champion Danny “Little Red” Lopez (USA), manager Shelly Finkel (USA), referee / commissioner Larry Hazzard (USA), promoter Wilfried Sauerland (Germany), matchmaker Bruce Trampler (USA) and journalist Ed Schuyler (USA). Posthumous inductees will also be honored.

Over 40 boxing stars are scheduled to participate in weekend festivities. In addition to Ward, other stars slated to appear include Ken Norton, Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor, Carmen Basilio, Tony DeMarco, Nino Bevenuti, Angelo Dundee, Lou Duva and many others.

For more information on the Hall of Fame’s 21st Annual Induction Weekend please call (315) 697-7095.
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Hall of Fame Weekend, June 10-13th
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