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Trailer for Micky Ward Biopic The Fighter, Starring Mark Wahlberg & Christian Bale

Seven years after his retirement, former contender "Irish" Micky Ward's life will be getting Hollywood star treatment courtesy of Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale in the new film The Fighter.

Seven years after his retirement, former contender “Irish” Micky Ward’s life will be getting Hollywood star treatment courtesy of the new film The Fighter.

Shooting for The Fighter began in summer 2009, based in part on Ward’s autobiography Irish Thunder: The Hard Life and Times of Micky Ward. Final production work finished in April.

Mark Wahlberg, who trained for two years in preparation for the role, plays Ward with actress Amy Adams as the love interest. The director, David O. Russell, previously worked with Wahlberg on 1999’s Three Kings and 2004’s I Heart Huckabees. A slimmed down Christian Bale plays the fighter’s troubled brother and former trainer Dickie Eklund, who as a young fighter once competed against Sugar Ray Leonard. The film follows Ward’s tough rise to legitimacy in boxing, from his initial start in 1985 through his win over an undefeated Shea Neary in 2000.

Micky Ward himself was involved closely in the project as a consultant. This trailer will be packaged with Ben Affleck’s The Town, which hits theaters tomorrow (September 17).

The Fighter will be released on December 10.

Micky Ward became well-known following three memorable slugfests with the late Arturo Gatti from 2002-2003. Ward would retire after the final fight with a record of 38-13, 27 KOs.


The stars of boxing get all the mainstream attention, but its the contenders like Micky Ward and the journeymen that are the life blood of the sport. Guys that’ll take a fight on a week’s notice for a TV date. Fighters that fight anyone out there that’s willing to get in the ring.

Sadly, many of them are forgotten and don’t get the happy ending to their careers that Ward’s been blessed with. Ward is not a Hall of Fame fighter, but he is a part of great trilogy that’ll never be forgotten, especially that brutal first fight that he won.

Boxing can use all the positive press it can get these days, so I urge every fan out there to support this film in December.



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