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  • World-Class Boxer
    Sugar Ray Leonard
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    WBU World Champion Micky Ward
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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.
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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.
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Directed by David O. Russell, the film stars Christian Bale as Eklund and Mark Wahlberg as Ward.
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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.
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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.
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LOWELL -- Lowell boxing legend Richard "Dickie" Eklund may have won this round in his legal battle against domestic-assault charges, but the final bell hasn't rung in his court case.
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Eklund, 51, of 1311 Middlesex St., Unit 2F, was released on $1,000 bail in Lowell District Court yesterday after he spent the night in jail on charges that he allegedly choked his girlfriend of 10 years and bit her nose during a fight Sunday morning.
But even before Eklund was arraigned on charges of assault with intent to murder, intimidation of a witness and domestic assault and battery, the alleged victim, who lives with Eklund, had recanted her allegations against him.
Nonetheless, Judge Mark Sullivan set Eklund's bail at $1,000, which was posted within a hour of the arraignment.
But prosecutors haven't dropped the charges. Eklund's next court date is Feb. 24 for a probable-cause hearing.
According to court documents, police responded to the Middlesex Street apartment to find Eklund and his girlfriend outside in the parking lot arguing. The victim allegedly told police that her boyfriend beat her up, pointing to Eklund.
She told police that Eklund went crazy when something was mentioned about his daughter. He allegedly shoved his girlfriend in the apartment, grabbed the cell phone and cordless phone so she couldn't call the police, and then pushed her onto the couch where he began choking her, alternately pinching and biting her nose.
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Eklund was once a world-class boxer who went 10 rounds with Sugar Ray Leonard in 1978. He then gained a reputation as trainer of other boxers, including Micky Ward, his brother.
Despite winning a legal settlement against a local attorney in 2004, who left him broke and running into trouble for possession of crack cocaine two years later, Eklund's story may end up in the movies.
Hollywood is set to do a movie about Ward's life and career, in which Brad Pitt and Matt Damon have been mentioned for the role of Eklund.
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Eklund, 51, of 1311 Middlesex St., unit 2F, was arrested about 6:30 a.m. yesterday after police were called to his apartment for a report of a domestic fight.
Eklund's 41-year-old girlfriend told officers the couple had been fighting, and when she threatened to call the police Eklund took the telephone and her cellular telephone to keep her from making the call.
Eklund then threw her down on the couch, began strangling her until she got dizzy, and bit her nose, police said.
The woman never lost consciousness, and declined to go to a city hospital after EMTs treated her at the scene for minor injuries, according to police. She was not identified because she is allegedly a victim of domestic violence.
Eklund was charged with domestic assault and battery, intimidation of a witness for taking the telephones, and assault with intent to murder, a common charge in any assault that includes strangulation.
He was ordered held without bail pending arraignment in Lowell District Court, which is common in domestic cases.
Eklund was once a world-class boxer who fought 10 rounds with Sugar Ray Leonard in 1978. He then went on to train other boxers here in Lowell, including Ward. He won a protracted legal battle and settlement against a local
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attorney in 2004, whom Eklund said had misappropriated his money and left him broke.
Even as he ran into legal troubles for possession of crack cocaine in 2006, Eklund was still working to train local youths.
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Eklund has blamed drug use for cutting short his boxing career. He has also faced other domestic charges in the past.
Eklund could not be reached for comment because he is still behind bars. It was not immediately clear if he has an attorney.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The team included Ward, his aforementioned die-hard manager Lonano, promoter, Al Valenti, Ward's brother and trainer Dick Eklund, Ward's nephew and sparring partner, Sean Eklund, cut-man, Al Gavin and Ward's trusty publicist, Bob Trieger.
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