HOOKED ON ‘THE FIGHTER’
Spent this week for some reason married to the DVD of “The Fighter,” known in these parts as the story of Lowell boxing legend Micky Ward and his brother, Dick Eklund.
I had seen the film before, but to me, it’s one of those you appreciate more watching it the fifth time than the first time.
Did you know that Micky’s first pro fight came at the Roll on America Skating Rink in South Lawrence in 1985? The Valley Forum is now where Roll on America was and before that, it was the Frost Arena ice rink.
MARLEY MIXES IT UP
The mention of Ward fighting at Roll on America struck a memory with me. Not that I had ever attended a fight there, but I remembered someone in the fight game telling me the story of him fighting at the old Frost Arena.
That someone is journalist/lawyer Michael Marley, who once wrote for the N.Y. Post.
I caught up electronically with Marley this week to confirm it, and yes, he fought a fella named Nick Apostolakis in Lawrence.
He “repped ‘Bridgewater State’ and I don’t mean the college,” joked Marley about his foe on that night.
Marley noted his best win was over Bob Townsend, who later went on to become a sports columnist in Brockton.
Townsend never got along too well with one “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler, and Marley recounted one time he met the champ.
“Hagler asked me (I was at NY Post) if I did beat Townsend and when I said it was true, he warmly shook my hand,” said Marley.
BIG SEY FOR ME
Interesting this week that Comcast Sports ranked Tim Tebow ahead of ex-Patriots’ receiver Brandon Lloyd in the current list of available NFL free agents. I guess you now might understand why Lloyd, who caught 74 balls for 911 yards for New England last year, has been with 6 different teams in 10 seasons.