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“IRISH” MICKY WARD TO ATTEND HALL OF FAME’S
30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
2019 Hall of Fame Weekend set for June 6-9th
CANASTOTA, NY - FEBRUARY 1, 2019 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today “Irish” Micky Ward will attend the Hall of Fame’s landmark 30th Anniversary celebration during the 2019 Hall of Fame Weekend, June 6-9th. “’Irish’ Micky Ward was a true warrior inside the ropes and the Hall of Fame is thrilled that he will be in Canastota to participate in the 30th Anniversary celebration,” 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, the junior welterweight star 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. “Boxing is the greatest sport there is and there is no place I would rather be than Canastota in June to celebrate the Hall of Fame’s 30th Anniversary,” said Ward. “Going to Canastota feels like home.” Many events in “Boxing’s Hometown” of Canastota throughout the four-day celebration are planned, including a 5K Race / Fun Run, golf tournament, boxing autograph card show, VIP Cocktail Reception, Parade of Champions and the Official Induction Ceremony on the Hall of Fame Museum Grounds. The Hall of Fame Weekend evening events include Friday night’s Fight Night at Turning Stone and Saturday’s Banquet of Champions. Both events will take place at Turning Stone Resort Casino. An impressive list of over 35 boxing greats from the United States and abroad, including five-time world champion Vinny Paz, are scheduled to participate in the 30th Anniversary celebration. For more information on the Hall of Fame’s 30th Annual Induction Weekend please call (315) 697-7095, like the Hall on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram.
TURNING STONE RESORT CASINO
OFFICIAL RESORT CASINO OF THE INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME WEEKEND
In 2017, Turning Stone Resort Casino and the International Boxing Hall of Fame announced a five-year multifaceted partnership to spotlight the entire region, garnering national attention and boosting tourism in
Central New York. The program includes a series of nationally-televised boxing events at Turning Stone, culminating every year in June with an elaborate and bigger-than-ever International Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend with several exciting events in Madison County and Oneida County throughout the four-day celebration.