Micky Ward captured both the WBU Intercontinental Light Welterweight title and the WBU Light Welterweight title. Micky is regarded as a working class hero, a blue-collar athlete who has overcome many difficulties in life and prevailed through determination and hard work. Ward was known for his devastating left hook to the body and his ability to withstand punishment while waiting to land his trademark shot. A perennial underdog, he has been known to suddenly drop his opponent in the late rounds with a single shot to the body. After a 15-year pro career, the veteran Ward gained widespread fame in his May 18, 2002 fight with Arturo Gatti, broadcast live on HBO. Ward-Gatti I was hailed as the "Fight of the Century" by boxing fans and writers, and Round 9 of that bout was called "The Round of the Century" by Emanuel Steward. Ring Magazine named Ward-Gatti I the Fight of the Year for 2002. He also won the respect and admiration of many fans worldwide. The motion picture "The Fighter" staring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale is based on the life and times of "Irish" Micky Ward.
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