A Warrior's Heart: The True Story of Life Before and Beyond The Fighter

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Penguin, May 29, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
With the success of the critically-acclaimed, Academy Award-winning film “The Fighter,” the world stood up and cheered for the inspiring true story of 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…


Now, in his own words, “Irish” Micky Ward tells his inspirational life story as only he can.

From his first bout at the age of seven, Micky Ward was known first and foremost for giving as good as he got, and for leaving absolutely everything he had in the ring. When he fought, quitting was never an option. It was that indomitable spirit that would allow him to survive, battle against, and overcome the harsh realities that he faced every day of his life.

For it was outside the ring that Ward’s heart would be most needed, from witnessing his idolized older half-brother Dicky fall from grace, to dealing with his wildly dysfunctional—if frighteningly loyal—family, to the darkest of secrets that he has never revealed until now, and the numerous setbacks and defeats that would have stopped a lesser man. Micky Ward 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

From the rough streets of Lowell, Massachusetts, to the blood and sweat of the international fight game, to the bright lights and adulation of Hollywood, this is the rousing, moving, tragic, and humorous story of the one and only Micky Ward.


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Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 10
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About the author (2012)

“Irish” Micky Ward is a retired junior welterweight professional boxer from Lowell, Massachusetts. After a 15-year pro career, Ward gained widespread fame in his trilogy of legendary fights with Arturo Gatti, during which he won the World Boxing Union Jr. Welterweight Title. The 2010 movie The Fighter staring Mark Wahlberg as Micky Ward and Christian Bale as his half-brother Dicky Eklund, recounts Ward´s climb to fame.

Joe Layden is award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author of the international bestseller Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir and the critically acclaimed title, The Last Great Fight. Mr. Layden lives in Saratoga Springs, New York, with his wife, Susan, and their two children.

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