Irish Mickey goes one more round.
Micky Ward fought a great fight against his longtime boxing rival Arturo Gatti on June 7. Known ringside as “Irish” and “Thunder,” the two fought their third and final match before a sellout crowd in Atlantic city. Ward lost in a unanimous decision, but managed to knock Gatti down in round 6 and nearly got him down in round 9. But Gatti moved quickly and landed plenty of punches. Nonetheless., Ward proved himself a champ with lots of heart.
Thirty-seven year old Ward has retired after a 17 year boxing career, maintaining his promise to his daughter and his fiancée that he is leaving boxing for good. He ends his career with a 38-13 record and the admiration of sports fans and colleagues. ♦