Last Saturday night at Foxwoods Resort Casino, DiBella Entertainment, Warriors Boxing and Foxwoods Resort Casino helped celebrate the 49th birthday of “Irish” Micky Ward with boxing fans attending the SHOWTIME Boxing Special Edition tripleheader at Fox Theater in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Promoter Lou DiBella, who promoted Ward (38-13, 27 KOs) during the latter part of his career, including the epic Arturo Gatti-Ward trilogy, gave Ward a beautiful watch as a birthday present during a private meet-and-greet. “We had a terrific crowd at the SHOWTIME Boxing event on Saturday night, and it was made more special by the celebration of Micky Ward’s 49th birthday,” said Lou DiBella. “DiBella Entertainment was and always will be Micky’s promoter.
It was a great pleasure to celebrate Micky’s birthday with him.” Fellow boxers from the past and present celebrated with Ward, a three-time participant in the “Fight of the Year,” including WBA/WBC welterweight champion Marlon “Magic Man” Starling (45-6-1, 27 KOs), 1955 World welterweight champion Tony “The Pride of Fleet Street” DeMarco (58-12-1, 33 KOs), former WBA junior welterweight and welterweight champion Jose Antonio “El Gallo” Rivera (41-6-1, 24 KOs), former IBO middleweight champion and star of The Contender, Season I reality television show, Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo Jr. (40-7, 21 KOs), 2014 “Connecticut Fighter of the Year” Luis “KO King” Rosa Jr. (17-0, 7 KOs), unbeaten former WBA Interim featherweight champion Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (25-0-1, 18 KOs), and two-time world junior welterweight title challenger “Sucra” Ray Oliviera (47-11-2, 22 KOs). Three lucky fans were selected as winners of a “Micky Ward Birthday Contest.”
Each winner and one guest apiece sat ringside with Ward during one of three televised fights and were able to take photos with him and get his autograph.
(Photo by Ashley Polo / Foxwoods) (L-R) – Ring announcer David Diamante led fans at Fox Theater with a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” to Micky Ward, who is shown here thanking everybody.(Photo by Bob Barton / Rumble Time Promotions) (L-R) – Micky Ward with another New England boxing favorite, Marlon Starling(Photo by Bob Barton / Rumble Time Promotions) (L-R) – Micky Ward and Peter Manfredo, Jr., who served as Ward’s chief sparring partner for his first fight (and win) against Arturo Gatti.(Photo by Bob Barton / Rumble Time Promotions) (L-R) – Micky Ward and 82-year-old World welterweight champion in 1955 and fellow Bay State fighter, Tony DeMarco(Photo by Bob Barton / Rumble Time Promotions)