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Dicky Eklund
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    (May 9, 1957- )
    Born in Lowell, Massachusetts
    Professional boxer and trainer
    Professional boxing record of 29-10 with four knockout wins
    Won the New England Welterweight Championship (1983)
    Portrayed by Christian Bale in the 2010 film 'The Fighter'
    Nickname is 'The Pride of Lowell'
    He was infamous for his short-fused attitude.
    He lost his first fight to Sugar Ray Leonard.
    He has a thick Boston accent.
    His addiction to crack cocaine ended his boxing career abruptly.
    He also received a 10-15 year sentence for breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony, kidnapping, masked armed robbery, and several other crimes.
    He is the half brother of Micky Ward.
    After his own boxing career ended, he became Ward's full time trainer.
    His and Ward's inspirational story of fall and redemption were chronicled in a 2010 film that earned two Oscars.
    Upon receiving the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, Bale thanked Eklund, who was sitting in the audience (February 27, 2011).
    He often travels around the United States giving motivational speeches to college students.

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