In a Globe North story today, writer Karen Sackowitz focuses on Arthur Ramahlo the West End Gym boxing guru who has run a gym and trained fighters since 1968. Yes, Lowell’s “Irish” Mickey Ward – the subject of the upcoming film “The Fighter” is part of the story, but the heart of the tale is Ramalho and the way – in the words of Lowell police officers Mike Miles and Mickey O’Keefe – “he changes the lives of so many kids.” Arthur has a philosophy and it seems to work –
“I have a saying,’’ he said. “Building boys is better than mending men.’’
You can read more about Arthur Ramalho, the making of the Mickey Ward movie – “The Fighter” – in the Lowell environs and at The West End Gym on Lawrence Street here in the Globe.