A Warrior's Heart by Micky Ward

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Ward’s greatest victory is in how he’s persevered through his many battles outside of boxing, with his values and priorities intact.


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.


About Micky Ward

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“Irish” Micky Ward is a retired junior welterweight professional boxer who lives in Lowell, Massachusetts. Joe Layden is an award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling co-author. Layden lives in Saratoga Springs, New York, with his wife, Susan, and their two children.
Published May 29, 2012 by Berkley. 299 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Only A Game

Reviewed by Bill Littlefield on May 30 2012

Micky Ward is a good storyteller with an attractive inclination toward self-deprecation.

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Reviewed by Cheekay Brandon on Aug 15 2012

Ward’s greatest victory is in how he’s persevered through his many battles outside of boxing, with his values and priorities intact.

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