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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (117 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bob Halloran Narrator: Bronson Pincho Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“Irish” Micky Ward grew up in the 1970s and ’80s as a tough kid from Lowell, Massachusetts—a town where young men became boxers as a means of survival. Ward participated in street fights from an early age and was forever known by his opponents and spectators as the underdog. But with his incredible ability to suddenly drop an opponent late in a fight with his trademark left hook, he kept proving everyone wrong. A hard worker who overcame bad luck, bad management, and chronic pain in his hands, he avoided the pitfall of poverty and dead-end work that plagued Lowell to become a Golden Gloves junior welterweight.

After fifteen years of boxing, a string of defeats, and three years of retirement, Micky battled Arturo Gatti in 2002 in the battle that was later named “Fight of the Year” by Ring magazine and dubbed “Fight of the Century” by boxing writers and fans across the country. Ten rounds of brutal action ended with Micky winning by decision, and reviving enthusiasm for a sport that had been weighted down by years of showboating and corruption.

In Irish Thunder, ESPN columnist and Boston television reporter Bob Halloran recounts Ward’s rise to hero status, his rivalry with his imprisoned brother, and the negotiations, betrayals, and drugs that shaped a wild youth who ultimately became a nationally respected boxer. A wrenching account of life in blue-collar America, this is a story about a boxer from a boxing family and a boxing town—Ward’s dramatic victories inside the ring are recounted in gripping detail, but it is his victory outside the ring that inspires.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bob Halloran does a remarkable job in describing the actual key bouts of Lowell’s champion boxer. You can almost feel the punches and intensity of the brutal sport.”

    The Sun (Lowell, Massachusetts)

  • “Terrific…Compellingly powerful.”


  • “Former ESPN anchor Bob Halloran recounts ‘Irish’ Micky Ward’s rise to hero status as a boxer in this 2007 biography, which inspired the Academy Award–nominated film The Fighter. Narrator Bronson Pinchot brings Micky and his family and friends to life with a rich tone and lets through just enough emotion during the fight scenes to express their intensity without losing the listener. Halloran covers Micky’s rivalry with his imprisoned brother, fight negotiations, and betrayals that helped shape him. One doesn’t need to be a boxing fan to enjoy this true story. Micky’s victories inside and outside the ring will leave the listener inspired.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stephanie | 10/24/2012

    " Lots more detail about the managing, promoting, training, and especially the boxing etc.than they were able to show in the movie. Great description of old style big-hearted sluggers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cameron | 4/27/2012

    " Not the most amazing writing, but the story speaks for itself. Not a huge boxing fan, but it held my attention and had made me more interested in the sport. A light and easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chamie | 2/25/2012

    " Now I have to see the Ward Gatti fights "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Christopher Rolley | 1/7/2012

    " I picked this up on a whim after I saw the fighter, I just couldn't put it down I had to know what would happen to Ward. If you like boxing or just the fighter then give it a go I'm sure you will not be disappointed . Give it a try :) "

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About the Author

Bob Halloran is the weekend news and sports anchor at WCVB-TV in Boston. He is also a former ESPN anchor and columnist for ESPN.com. Halloran was a consultant in the making of  The Fighter, a film about the Micky Ward story released in 2010. He has worked as a news and sports anchor in New England for over twenty years, and he writes a weekly column for the Boston Metro newspaper.