- Won over 190 amateur bouts and three Golden Gloves titles.
- Managed by his mother, Alice Ward.
- Lost a ten-round unanimous decision to Sugar Ray Leonard in 1978.
- Won the New England Welterweight Championship in 1983.
- Trained Micky Ward, his younger half-brother.
- The 2010 movie The Fighter is about Eklund and Micky Ward. Christian Bale won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Eklund.