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Dicky Eklund vs Allen Clarke Dicky Eklund vs Allen Clarke Dicky Eklund vs Allen Clarke Brutal Knockout by Dicky Eklund at the Halifax Metro Center in 1981 dickeklund.com Dicky Eklund vs Allen Clarke Dicky Eklund vs Allen Clarke Brutal Knockout by Dicky Eklund at the Halifax Metro Center in 1981 dickeklund.com Dicky Eklund Richard Eklund Richard "Dicky" Eklund (born May 9, 1957) is an American former professional boxer in the Welterweight division. A former New England Welterweight Champion, Eklund was known as "The Pride of Lowell". He is the half-brother and former trainer of former WBU World Champion Micky Ward. The 2010 biopic ''The Fighter'' is based on the two brothers' fall and rise to the boxing title. Career 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 fell down, which the referee classed as a trip rather than a knockdown. 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. 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. 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 life In the 1980s, Eklund became addicted to crack cocaine, effectively ending his fighting career in 1985. To support his habit, he turned to crime. 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. Eklund has two sons, Dicky Jr. and Tommy, and a daughter, Kerry. 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. 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. Dicky Eklund official web site da:Dick Eklund it:Dicky Eklund da:Dick Eklund it:Dicky Eklund
Richard Dicky Eklund in Lowell District Court Richard Dicky Eklund in Lowell District Court LOWELL -- Lowell boxing legend Richard "Dicky" Eklund's domestic-assault case was dismissed Monday after the alleged victim, his longtime girlfriend, recanted her assault allegations against him. In an 11th-hour decision, Lowell District Court Judge Ellen Caulo dismissed a charge of assault and battery on a family member the same day the woman recanted her allegations against Eklund, 58. In 2009, Eklund was charged with assault with intent to murder, intimidation of a witness, and domestic assault and battery after he allegedly choked and bit the nose of the same woman. She also recanted in that case, and the charges were dismissed. While the latest domestic-assault case is now dismissed, Eklund's legal woes are not over. He still has a pending charge of operating under the influence of drugs (second offense) in Lowell District Court. The next court date in that case was not immediately available. Eklund was once a world-class boxer who went 10 rounds with Sugar Ray Leonard in 1978. He then gained a reputation for training other boxers, including his half brother, Micky Ward, whose life story inspired the Academy Award-winning movie, "The Fighter. Advertisement " Actor Christian Bale won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Eklund.
In this case, the conflicts are usually between Micky and his half-brother and trainer Dick Eklund (Christian Bale), a former boxer who once went the distance against Sugar Ray Leonard (who appears as himself) but now suffers from an addiction to crack cocaine, and his mother and manager, Alice Eklund (Melissa Leo), who isn't always capable of putting Micky into fights with people as small as him, which is pretty essential for a welterweight boxer.
The most obvious example of this is the point-of-view shot tracking Micky and Dick through the streets of Lowell, Massachusetts at the beginning of the film. Micky is supposed to be paving the streets, that being his day job, but Dick pulls him away from it for the camera. In particular, Micky and Dick's sisters are a gang of one-dimensional classless hags, and you never really come to forgive Alice and Dick for their self-serving actions, despite themes of familial unity in the film. The Fighter is well-made and well-acted, but the real Dick Eklund's conviction for possession of crack cocaine in 2006, six years after the last events in the film, should be enough to teach anyone that real life is often much messier than its cinematic equivalent.
When Eklund took a legend-in-the-making named Sugar Ray Leonard the 10-round distance in 1978, he foolishly assumed he could bask in the adulation forever.
Eklund hailed from Lowell, Massachusetts, and the fight took place in nearby Boston. Although Leonard was a 1976 Olympic gold medalist on the fast track to superstardom, it was the local hero the fans turned out to see. Eklund had been wowing 'em since his days as an amateur, when many considered him a sure-shot future professional champion. HBO televised the Leonard fight, and Eklund's spirited and gutsy performance earned him an even greater degree of reverence in Massachusetts, and sheer idolatry in Lowell. At one point Leonard was pushed to the canvas, and Eklund cockily did a victory jig that sent the crowd into a frenzy. It was a night New England fight fans would never forget. Eklund was their hero, and he thought it would never end. In 1985, Eklund's 19-year-old half-brother, lightweight Micky Ward, burst onto the boxing scene and quickly became a fan favorite and television staple. Eklund was Ward's trainer and they racked up 14 straight wins. Without a hint of modesty or an ounce of common sense, Eklund lit a crack pipe on camera, and the smoke swirled around his head like an ominous halo. Eklund was emaciated, his once lean, lithe, subtly muscular body reduced to a pathetic shell. It looked as if his entire being had been decimated by years of alcohol and drug abuse. He managed a smirk and twitched his eyebrow purposefully. Symbolically, it was much like the victory jig he had danced over Leonard. "I was down to about 120 pounds at the end," he said. "Anybody could have pushed me over. I remember being able to take my hand and wrap it entirely around my upper arm and still have room left over. People would come to the crack houses and be told I was Dick Eklund, the guy that fought Sugar Ray Leonard. Everybody laughed because they couldn't believe it." Eklund's world, such as it was, collapsed in September 1993, when he was charged with armed robbery and a handful of other felonies. He was released on bail after three months, then managed to stay clean for another three. But after winning $350 on a scratch ticket in the state lottery, Eklund took his money and ran-to the nearest crack house. When he showed up late for a court appearance on St. Patrick's Day, 1994, he was immediately remanded to jail. He was eventually sentenced to 10 to 15 years in the state prison for the robbery charges, and had to serve eight before being considered for parole. In some ways jail was the best thing that could have happened to Eklund at the time. He was able to confront some of his demons and attempt to make belated sense of all that had gone wrong. "As far as I'm concerned, I'm a miracle" he said during an interview at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution in Plymouth, a minimum security work farm nestled in the Miles Standish Forest. Eklund had already done time in the maximum security Walpole and Gardner state prisons, but viewed his stay at Plymouth as a gift, part of what he considers his spiritual revitalization. "I have been a lot of good things in my life," he said, "a good boxer, a good brother, a good trainer. I always found a way to mess things up." Ward acknowledged that Eklund was a good trainer "when he was there. Eklund has been in and out of trouble, in and out of prisons and jails over the years. But these days he's keeping his nose clean and himself on the straight and narrow. And if he's not entirely at peace with the havoc he created, he's getting there day by day and one step at a time. Sugar Ray Leonard fights Dick Eklund
Biopic of "Irish" Mickey Ward stars Mark Wahlberg as the street-smart world champion boxer and Christian Bale as his brother, trainer Dick Eklund.