“Irish” Micky Ward & Dick Eklund at ESPN Friday

Irish” Micky Ward, known for his trilogy of brutal fights with Arturo Gatti, and his brother Dicky Eklund, will join studio host Brian Kenny throughout ESPN’s Friday Night Fights telecast tonight (April 1), from 9-11 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

The brothers, portrayed in the 2010 Academy Award winning film The Fighter, are spending the day visiting ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. headquarters, appearing on a plethora of ESPN media platforms.

“There’s buzz about it, but nothing in concrete,” Ward told First Take host Dana Jacobson when asked about the possibility of a sequel to The Fighter. “I’m for it.”

The Fighter centered on the life of Ward (played by Mark Wahlberg), and his older half-brother Eklund (played by Christian Bale). The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including best picture and best director. Bale won the Oscar for best supporting actor.

Photo below of Micky and brother Dicky at ESPN

Host Dana Jacobson, Micky Ward and Dick Eklund (l to r) on the set of ESPN2’s First Take

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Tonight’s Friday Night Fights card will originate from Mashantucket, Conn. when lightweight “Hammerin” Hank Lundy (19-1-1, 10 KO’s), and undefeated middleweight Vladine “Mr. Providence” Biosse (10-0, 5 KO’s) are featured in co-main events. Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside at Foxwoods Casino to describe the action.

Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund at ESPN

10:20am ET – Arrival
10:50am – First Take (ESPN2)
11:15am – Scott Van Pelt Show (ESPN Radio)
11:45am – Page 2
12:15pm – Lunch
4:30pm – SportsCenter
5pm –Dinner
6:15pm – 710 ESPN Radio LA (via phone)

7-11pm – Friday Night Fights