Boxing legend Micky Ward reveals "I was sexually abused as a boy"
Boxing legend Micky Ward, whose story inspired the Mark Wahlberg film The Fighter, has revealed he was sexually abused as a child.
In his autobiography, the 46-year-old retired boxer revealed he was molested by a family friend between the ages of nine and 12 in his hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts. ‘He never asked me to do anything to him, but rather I was always on the receiving end of his advances,’ he wrote of the ‘homeless bum’ who was 10 years his senior.
It wasn’t every month or every week, but it happened and it happened many times
Ward, who was nicknamed Irish, told the New York Post’s Page Six that he’s hidden the story until now as “I was too embarrassed”. But he decided to make the revelation as the book was about “my life, and I might as well tell the whole story”.
He added on Fox News that ‘If I can help any body or one person [by sharing my story], then I am happy’.
When he was 15, Ward fought the man in a boxing match at a local gym, and then later confronted him about the abuse but refused to hurt him.
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