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Richard Eklund Jr. (born May 3, 1957) is an American former professional boxer in the welterweight division. A former New England Welterweight Champion,[1] Eklund was known as "The Pride of Lowell". He is the half-brother and former trainer of former WBU World Champion Micky Ward.[2] The 2010 biopic The Fighter is based on the two brothers' fall and rise to the boxing title.

Dicky Eklund
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Eklund in 2010
Real nameRichard Eklund Jr.
The Pride of Lowell
Light Welterweight
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Reach70 in (178 cm)
Born (1957-05-03) May 3, 1957 (age 62)
Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.
Boxing record
Wins by KO4
No contests0

Boxing careerEdit

After an amateur boxing career of 200 bouts, winning 194, Eklund turned professional on August 26, 1975. After losing his debut by 6-round decision to Joe DeFayette, Eklund won 10 straight fights; defeating such opponents as Doug Romano, Terry Rondeau, Carlos Garcia, Randy Milton, and Mike Michaud.[3]

He fought professionally as Dick Eklund; "Dicky" was a nickname used by his family and friends. Before his 1978 match with future world boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard, Eklund's most impressive victory was over undefeated Rufus Miller (6–0–1) in 1976.

Eklund's most notable fight was on July 18, 1978, against Sugar Ray Leonard at the Hynes Memorial Auditorium in Boston, Massachusetts. He went the distance against Leonard, who eventually won the fight by unanimous decision. During the fight, Eklund was knocked down twice. In the ninth round, the fighters got wrapped up and Leonard tripped, which was counted as a trip by the referee. In the film The Fighter, Eklund claims to have knocked down Leonard in their match. While the film acknowledges the slip, a video of the fight shows a punch/push and Leonard falling to the canvas on his back. The official verdict by the referee Tommy Rawson was a slip. In an interview regarding the knockdown, Leonard said, "I slipped."[4]

Eklund's fastest victory was a first-round knockout over C.J. Faison in Montreal, Canada on February 10, 1981.[5] According to the 1983 Ring Record Book, Eklund knocked out Canada's Allan Clarke in 9 rounds on August 25, 1981. Clarke's record was listed by the Ring as 21–4–1. On October 25, 1983, Eklund defeated James Lucas to win the USA New England Welterweight Title. Following a rematch victory over Lucas in 1985, Eklund never fought again.

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.[6]

After Eklund's fighting career ended, he became the trainer of his half-brother, noted former boxer Micky Ward. Eklund was Ward's full-time trainer for 26 fights, from Ward's professional debut in 1985 until his first retirement in 1991. Three of Ward's post-retirement fights were voted fight of the year by The Ring. Eklund served as Ward's trainer until his second retirement, after his third fight with Arturo Gatti on June 7, 2003. Ward's biography, written by Bob Halloran and titled Irish Thunder: The Hard Life and Times of Micky Ward, discusses much of Eklund's life and career.

Eklund now works as a personal trainer and boxing coach in New England. He also travels the United States with Micky Ward, giving motivational speeches to college students.

Personal lifeEdit

Eklund has three children: a daughter, Kerry, and two sons, Dicky Jr (who is an actor).

Paramount Pictures' 2010 drama The Fighter chronicles the rise of Eklund's younger half-brother Micky Ward. Directed by David O. Russell, the film stars Christian Bale as Eklund and Mark Wahlberg as Ward. 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. Bale also won a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for his performance. During his Academy Award acceptance speech, he thanked Eklund and Ward, who were in the audience.[7]

Eklund was also featured on the HBO documentary High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell which showed his fall from boxing grace because of his addiction to crack cocaine. In the documentary, Eklund was sentenced to a long prison term for crimes he committed to feed his crack addiction.

Professional boxing recordEdit

19 Wins (4 knockouts), 10 Losses, 0 Draw
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 19-10-0   James Lucas UD 10 (10) May 30, 1985  Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, Maine
Win 18-10–0   James Lucas SD 10(10) October 15, 1983  Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, Maine Won the New England Welterweight Championship
Loss 17–10-0   Reggie Miller UD 10(10) September 23, 1983  Lake Charles, Louisiana Miller was undefeated (12–0) going in.
Win 17–9–0   Terry Crawley SD 10 (10) August 11, 1983  Yarmouth, Massachusetts
Loss 16–9–0   Robert Sawyer PTS 12 (12) September 16, 1982  Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey For the ESPN Welterweight Championship
Win 16–8–0   Jeff Passero PTS 8(8) July 31, 1982  Ballys Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 15-8-0   Cesar Guzman PTS 10(10) July 14, 1982  Dorchester, Massachusetts
Loss 14-8-0   Kevin Howard SD 10 (10) January 7, 1982  Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss 14–7–0   Chris Clarke SD 10 (10) October 27, 1981  Halifax Metro Center, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win 14–6–0   Allen Clarke KO 4 (0:15) August 25, 1981  Halifax Metro Center, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win 13–6–0   C.J. Faison KO 1 (2:58) February 10, 1981  Paul Sauvé Arena, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 12–6–0   Fernando Fernandez SD 7 (1:11) June 20, 1980  Boston, Massachusetts
Loss 12-5–0   Dave Boy Green UD 10 (10) December 4, 1979  Empire Pool, Wembley, London, England Green was (32–2) going in.
Win 12–4–0   Fernando Fernandez PTS 10 (10) August 18, 1979  Lowell, Massachusetts
Loss 11–4–0   Sugar Ray Leonard UD 10 (10) July 18, 1978  Hynes Auditorium, Boston, Massachusetts
Loss 11-3–0   Willie Rodriguez SD 8 (2:08) March, 1978  , Boston, Massachusetts
Win 11-2-0   Al Cruz KO 5 (0:57) January 16, 1978  , Waltham, Massachusetts

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Graham, Bryan Armen (December 14, 2010). "Q&A with Christian Bale". Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  2. ^ Johnson, O'Ryan (December 4, 2010). "Dicky Eklund spars with fame's curse". Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  3. ^ Ring Record Book, 1983, page 112)
  4. ^ Star Boxing. "The Hebrew Hammer Ready to Produce Fireworks". Boxing News 24/7.
  5. ^ Ring Record Book, 1983, page 112
  6. ^ "BoxRec profile". Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  7. ^ "Christian Bale wins Oscar for 'The Fighter'". February 28, 2011. Retrieved February 28, 2011.

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