Former WBU junior welterweight champion, and legendary ring warrior, "Irish" Micky Ward has been selected to replace Buddy McGirt as Arturo "Thunder" Gatti's trainer, for his July 14 bout in Atlantic City, NJ. Though Ward has been present in Gatti's corner for each of last six fights, it was only in a supportive role. Come July 14, the two warriors will team up, in what may ultimately be the final fight of Arturo Gatti's historic career. "I'm surprised, but excited at the opportunity to train Arturo. He's a three-time world champion, and this could open up opportunities for me with other big name fighters," Ward stated. Ward and Gatti developed a close friendship following their three epic wars, The first meeting between the two, in which Ward earned a narrow split-decision victory, will forever be remembered as one of the greatest fights in boxing history. Ward and Gatti will depart to the Palm Beach, Florida area on April 29, where they will begin a nine-week training camp.