“Micky Ward is one of the true mighty-hearted modern American men.”—Melissa Leo, Academy Award–winning actress
A Warrior's Heart: The True Story of Life Before and Beyond The Fighterby Micky Ward, Joe Layden
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The critically acclaimed, Academy Award–winning film The Fighter made the world stand up and cheer for the inspiring true story of “Irish” Micky Ward—a heart-and-soul warrior who overcame the odds to make history in the ring. But that was only part of the tale…
Starting with his first bout at the age of seven, Micky Ward gave as good as he got and left absolutely everything he had in the ring. Quitting was never an option. It was that indomitable spirit that would allow him to overcome the harsh realities that he faced every day.
For it was outside the ring that Ward’s heart would be most needed, from witnessing his idolized older half brother Dicky’s fall from grace, to dealing with his wildly dysfunctional—if frighteningly loyal—family, to harboring the darkest of secrets, which he has never revealed until now. Micky Ward has faced numerous setbacks and defeats that would have stopped a lesser man, but he has remained a fighter, through and through—both as a professional boxer and as a man who finally found his greatest strength in friendship, family and faith in himself.
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“Irish” Micky Ward is a retired light welterweight professional boxer from Lowell, Massachusetts. During his eighteen-year pro career, Ward won the World Boxing Union light welterweight title after his defeat of Shea Neary and gained widespread acclaim after his trilogy of legendary fights with Arturo Gatti. The 2010 movie The Fighter, starring Mark Wahlberg as Micky Ward and Christian Bale as his half brother, Dicky Eklund, recounts Ward’s climb to fame.
Joe Layden is an award-winning journalist, the New York Times bestselling coauthor of the international bestseller Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir and the author of the critically acclaimed title The Last Great Fight.
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This was a great read, especially for a boxing fan and fan of "Irish Micky Ward." It was really nice to hear about his fights, from his standpoint, and, also learn more of what wasn't shown about his family and upbringing in the movie, "The Fighter."
Better than the "The Fighter". The book is usually better than the movie because it goes into more detail. This book does not disappoint. It will keep your attention right to the end.