Irish Thunder

The Hard Life & Times of Micky Ward
Author(s): Bob Halloran
Original Publish Date: Oct 14, 2010
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.73 hours)
Product Number: Z100096673
Released: Jun 21, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781481587891
Narrator/s: Bronson Pinchot
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Micky Ward is THE FIGHTER that inspired the major motion picture. Welcome to Lowell, where anything can happen. Rocky Marciano fought at the Auditorium in 1947. Mike Tyson fought there in his Golden Gloves days. Sugar Ray Leonard won there, as did Marvin Hagler. Each of them prepared for his battle downstairs in the boiler room, just like thousands of other kids. "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 a fight with his trademark left hook, he kept proving everyone wrong. After fifteen years of boxing, a string of defeats, and three years of retirement, 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 and fans 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.

Professional reviews

"Former ESPN anchor Bob Halloran recounts "Irish" Micky Ward's rise to hero status as a boxer in this 2007 biography, which inspired the Academy Award-nominated film THE FIGHTER. Narrator Bronson Pinchot brings Micky and his family and friends to life with a rich tone and lets through just enough emotion during the fight scenes to express their intensity without losing the listener. Halloran covers Micky's rivalry with his imprisoned brother, fight negotiations, and betrayals that helped shape him. One doesn't need to be a boxing fan to enjoy this true story. Micky's victories inside and outside the ring will leave the listener inspired. B.C.E. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"