What Is 'The Fighter' About? 'The Fighter' tells the true story of Lowell, Massachusetts, boxer 'Irish' Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and his complicated and emotional climb to win the world championship title. It also chronicles his relationship with his brother and trainer Dickie Ecklund (Christian Bale), a former boxer now addicted to crack, his controlling mother (Melissa Leo) and his supportive girlfriend (Amy Adams). Micky has to decide if he wants to stick with his volatile, but loyal family, or if they're only bringing him down as he makes his way to the top.