The real-life mother and manager of retired welterweight champ Micky Ward -- played by Melissa Leo in the movie "The Fighter" -- passed away today ... after doctors took her off life support.Alice… READ MORE >
Richard "Dicky" Eklund,Jr. (born May 9, 1957) is an American former professional boxer in the Welterweight division. A former New England Welterweight Champion, Eklund was known as "The Pride of Lowell". He is the half-brother and former trainer of former WBU World Champion Micky Ward. The 2010 biopic The Fighter is based on the two brothers' fall and rise to the boxing title. After an amateur boxing career of over 100 bouts, Eklund turned professional on August 26, 1975. After losing his debut by 6-round decision to Joe DeFayette, Eklund won 10 straight fights; defeating such opponents as Doug Romano, Terry Rondeau, Carlos Garcia, Randy Milton, and Mike Michaud (Source: Ring Record Book, 1983, page 112). He fought professionally as Dick Eklund; "Dicky" was a nickname used by his family and friends. Prior to his 1978 match with future world boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard, Eklund's most impressive victory was over undefeated Rufus Miller (6-0-1) in 1976. Eklund's most notable fight was on July 18, 1978, against Sugar Ray Leonard at the Hynes Memorial Auditorium in Boston, Massachusetts. He went the distance against Leonard, who eventually won the fight by unanimous decision.