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Irish Thunder: The Hard Life and Times of Micky Ward signed by ward

Halloran, Bob

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ISBN 10: 159921220X / ISBN 13: 9781599212203
Published by The Lyons Press, U.S.A., 2008
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A good solid copy with mild bottom corner bumps. Excellent jacket. Nicely signed to a previous owner "a true fighter" by ward on title page. Bookseller Inventory # 015851

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Title: Irish Thunder: The Hard Life and Times of ...

Publisher: The Lyons Press, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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"Irish" Micky Ward was a Golden Gloves junior welterweight from Lowell, Massachusetts, always known as the underdog but with and uncanny ability to suddenly drop his opponent late in a fight.After 15 years, a string of defeats, and even three years in retirement, Ward battled Arturo Gatti in 2002 in a bout that was described by many as the "Fight of the Century". Ten rounds of brutal action ended with Ward winning by decision, and reviving enthusiasm for a sport that had been weighted down by years of showboating and corruption."Irish Thunder" recounts Ward's rise to hero status, his rivalry with his imprisoned brother, and the negotiations and betrayals that ultimately shaped a wild youth into a sporting champion.

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Welcome to Lowell, where anything can happen.

 

Rocky Marciano fought at the Auditorium in 1947. Mike Tyson fought there in his Golden Glove days. Sugar Ray Leonard won there, so did Marvin Hagler. Each of them prepared for his battle downstairs in the boiler room, just like thousands of other kids whose greatest feeling in life would forever remain the night they landed a few good shots on the chin of some other twelve-, thirteen-, or fourteen-year-old.

 

Fighters got dressed next to other fighters in the brightly lit makeup rooms for the theater productions. They had their hands taped and their gloves tied under the glow of several domed lights that outlined the large mirrors. Warm-ups, shadowboxing, meditation, and stretching were all done wherever a fighter could find the space. But there wasn’t any space. Each of the dozens of fighters brought a manager, a trainer, a family member, or all three. The bathrooms, makeup areas, and hallways filled up rather quickly.

 

In their amateur days, their matches on any given night were made when organizers put numbered pills into a bottle and picked out two pills at a time. If a fighter was number seven, he learned at six o’clock that he was fighting number five at seven o’clock. “Good luck, kid. You’re on in an hour.”

 

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