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“IRISH” MICKY WARD CONFIRMED FOR
2017 HALL OF FAME WEEKEND
CANASTOTA, NY - FEBRUARY 14, 2017 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today “Irish” Micky Ward, whose life was portrayed in the Academy Award-winning motion picture The Fighter, will return to Canastota for festivities planned for the 2017 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend June 8-11th.
“’Irish’ Micky Ward was a true warrior inside the ropes and the Hall of Fame is thrilled that he will be back in Canastota to participate in the 2017 festivities,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. 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 that includes wins over Shea Neary, Reggie Green and Emanuel Burton. In 2002 and 2003 Ward engaged in an epic trilogy with Arturo “Thunder” 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). The Fighter, an Academy Award-winning motion picture chronicling his life, featured Mark Wahlberg as Ward and Christian Bale as his brother / trainer Dicky Eklund. Events planned for the weekend include a Friday Night Fiesta, banquet, parade, golf tournament, boxing autograph card show, cocktail party and the Official Induction Ceremony honoring the Class of 2017.
An impressive list of over 35 boxing greats from the United States and abroad are scheduled to participate in weekend festivities.
Hall of Fame Weekend set for June 8-11th