"Irish" Micky Ward grew up in the 1970s and 80s as a tough kid from Lowell, Massachusetts - a town where boxers were once bred as a means of survival. A hard worker who overcame bad luck, bad management and chronic pain in his hands, he avoided the pitfall of poverty and dead-end work that plagued Lowell to become a Golden Gloves junior welterweight. Ward participated in street fights from an early age and was forever known by his opponents and spectators as the underdog. But with his incredible ability to suddenly drop an opponent late in the fight with his trademark left hook, he kept proving everyone wrong. After fifteen years of boxing, a string of defeats and three years of retirment, Micky battled Arturo Gatti in 2002 in the battle that was later named "Fight of the Year" by Ring magazine and dubbed "Fight of the Century" by boxing writers across the country.Ten rounds of brutal action ended with Micky winning by decision and reviving enthusiasm for a sport that had been weighted down by years of showboating and corruption.
ESPN and Boston television reporter Bob Halloran recounts Micky's rise to hero status, his rivalry with his imprisoned brother and the negotiations, betrayals and drugs that ultimately shaped a wild youth into a nationally respected boxer. Key Selling Points: * Due for a late 2010 release: the major motion picture "The Fighter" starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale, which is about the unlikely story of Micky Ward. * Author Bob Halloran is a technical consultant on the film; his "Irish Thunder" notes were used as a resource by the screenwriters.