The mother and one-time manager of Lowell, Massachusetts, boxing hero Micky Ward passed away on Wednesday morning, age 79.
Alice Ward had been hospitalized since suffering a heart attack in January and died earlier this week after being taken off a life support machine on Tuesday, according to the Lowell Sun.
Actress Melissa Leo won a best supporting actress Oscar earlier this year for her portrayal of Alice Ward in movie biopic The Fighter, which itself was nominated for best picture.
If you thought boxing fanatics were sitting around twiddling their thumbs in Manchester since the Pacquiao-enforced ring sabbatical of hometown hero Ricky Hatton, then you would be wrong.
One man keeping them busy is European lightweight champion John Murray. And if the old adage of history repeating itself rings true then the 30-0, hard-hitting pressure fighter will be keeping them away from home as well in the coming years.
Legendary light-welterweight slugger Micky Ward has given Amir Khan the ultimate seal of approval, claiming the WBA champion has a ‘lot of heart’.
Ward, known for his ferocious ring battles, is the subject of a new boxing movie that has already picked up Golden Globe honours for its cast, along with being tipped for Oscars later this month.
‘Irish’ Micky Ward is now a household name, a feat the blue-collar hero never achieved during his boxing days. Immortalised in a movie biopic, the unassuming fighter and Pride of Lowell, Massachusetts, is now a big screen draw.
Christian Bale and Melissa Leo won best supporting actor and actress at the Golden Globes last night for their roles in the critically acclaimed boxing film The Fighter.
Directed by David O. Russell and starring Mark Wahlberg, the movie tells the story of professional boxer 'Irish' Micky Ward (Wahlberg) and his older half-brother Dicky Eklund (Bale).
Knockout boxing film The Fighter earns itself a shot at Hollywood glory with six Golden Globe nominations.
The Fighter is up for Best Picture, in the drama category while leading man Mark Wahlberg is nominated for Best Actor in a Drama. Christian Bale gets a shout for Best Supporting Actor, along with female supports Amy Adams and Melissa Leo, who make up two of the five nominees in their category. And Director David O. Russell rounds off the list with his nomination for Best Director.
The Fighter is the must-see film of the year! Out next month, it follows the true-life Rocky story of Micky Ward as he goes from struggling journeyman to fighting for a world title, while at the same time trying to emerge from his brother (who went the distance with Sugar Ray Leonard) Dicky Ecklund’s shadow.