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Dicky Eklund

Knowledge Identifier: +Dicky_Eklund


Dicky Eklund

American former professional boxer in the Welterweight division add

Category: Boxing

Born in 1957.

Countries: United States (33%), Massachusetts (25%), Canada (17%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Sugar Ray Leonard, The Fighter, Paramount Pictures

Linked to: Paramount Pictures, The Ring, HBO




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Dicky Eklund was born in 1957 add something


Eklund's fighting career spanned 10 years from 1975 to 1985, during which he compiled a professional career record of 19 wins, including four by knockout, and 10 losses add something


After an amateur boxing career of over 100 bouts, Eklund turned professional on August 26, 1975 add something


Prior to his 1978 match with future world boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard, Eklund's most impressive victory was over undefeated Rufus Miller in 1976 add something


Eklund's most notable fight was on July 18, 1978, against Sugar Ray Leonard at the Hynes Memorial Auditorium in Boston , Massachusetts add something


In the 1980s, Eklund became addicted to crack cocaine, effectively ending his fighting career in 1985 add something


According to the 1983 Ring Record Book, Eklund knocked out Canada's Allan Clarke in 9 rounds on August 25, 1981 add something


On October 25, 1983, Eklund defeated James Lucas to win the USA New England Welterweight Title add something


Eklund was Ward's full-time trainer for 26 fights, from Ward's professional debut in 1985 until his first retirement in 1991 add something


Following a rematch victory over Lucas in 1985, Eklund never fought again add something


Eklund was sentenced to 10-to-15 years in prison for breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony, kidnapping, masked armed robbery, and several other crimes; he was paroled in 1999 add something


Eklund served as Ward's trainer until his second retirement, after his third fight with Arturo Gatti on June 7, 2003 add something


Paramount Pictures' 2010 drama "The Fighter" chronicles the rise of Eklund's younger half-brother Micky Ward add something


The 2010 biopic "The Fighter" is based on the two brothers' fall and rise to the boxing title add something


At the 2011 Screen Actors Guild awards, Eklund made a surprise appearance on stage with Christian Bale as the latter accepted the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Eklund add something