Dicky Eklund

About Dicky Eklund

Who is it?: Boxer
Birth Day: May 09, 1957
Birth Place: Lowell, Massachusetts, United States, United States
Birth Sign: Gemini
Real name: Richard Eklund Jr.
Nickname(s): Dicky The Pride of Lowell
Weight(s): Welterweight Light Welterweight
Height: 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Reach: 70 in (178 cm)
Stance: Orthodox
Total fights: 29
Wins: 19
Wins by KO: 4
Losses: 10
Draws: 0
No contests: 0

Dicky Eklund Net Worth

Dicky Eklund was bornon May 09, 1957 in Lowell, Massachusetts, United States, United States, is Boxer. Richard Eklund Jr., more popular as Dicky Eklund, is an American former professional boxer who competed in the welterweight division. Known as the ‘Pride of Lowell’, he is a former New England Welterweight Champion. Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, he had a fighting career that lasted for ten years, after which he became a trainer for his brother, Micky Ward, who is a former WBU Champion. The Oscar-winning film ‘The Fighter’, which was directed by David O. Russell, was centered on the lives of the brothers. Eklund was portrayed by the famed actor Christian Bale, who won an Academy Award for his performance. The film also earned critical acclaim. A biography titled ‘The Hard Life and Times of Micky Ward’ has been published about his brother’s life; it talks a lot about Eklund’s life and career as well. Currently Eklund works as a boxing coach and a personal trainer in New England. He is a motivational speaker as well.
Dicky Eklund is a member of Sportspersons

💰 Net worth: $950,000

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Biography/Timeline

1975

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.

1978

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."

1981

Eklund's fastest victory was a first-round knockout over C.J. Faison in Montreal, Canada on February 10, 1981. 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.

2003

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.

2010

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.