Micky Ward joins Team CES tonight at Mohegan - Boxing News
By Special Report on Doghouse Boxing (Jan 27, 2011)
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (Jan. 27, 2011) – “Irish” Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund, the inspirations behind the hit movie, “The Fighter,” will take part in a Q&A session Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at Mohegan Sun to kick off the first of three open workouts hosted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports.

Ward, the former WBU light welterweight champion, and Eklund, Ward’s half-brother and a former welterweight from Lowell, Mass., who went the distance with “Sugar” Ray Leonard in 1978, will answer questions from 6 to 6:30 p.m. and sign autographs until 7 before Sean Eklund – Dicky Eklund’s nephew – and Vladine Biosse participate in a two-hour open workout session.

The workouts will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. to promote CES’ upcoming “Block Party” professional boxing event, which is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 4 at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Biosse (9-0, 4 KOs) will defend his New England Super Middleweight title against Samson Onyango in the 8-round main event.

Friday’s open workout session will feature New Haven’s Edwin Soto and Luis Rosa and Hartford newcomer Javier Flores. Elvin Ayala, who is starring in the 6-round co-feature at “Block Party,” and Greg McCoy – both from New Haven – will participate in Saturday’s workout. All three sessions are open to the public.

Ward and Eklund were the inspiration behind David O. Russell’s 2010 box-office sensation, “The Fighter,” starring Mark Wahlberg as Ward and Christian Bale as Eklund. The film centers around the relationship between Ward and Eklund as Ward makes the leap from a “stepping-stone” fighter to a world champion. The two brothers will also be hand on Feb. 4 in Sean Eklund’s corner.

Tickets for “Block Party” are $40.00, $65.00 and $105.00 and can be purchased by calling CES at 401.724.2253/2254 or calling Ticketmaster at 1.800.745.3000. Fans can also purchase tickets online at www.cesboxing.com, www.ticketmaster.com, or at the Mohegan Sun Box Office. For more information on “Block Party,” visit www.cesboxing.com or www.mohegansun.com. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the first bout scheduled for 7:30 p.m..

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