Actor Rourke makes victorious boxing comeback | Inquirer Sports

Actor Rourke makes victorious boxing comeback

/ 12:22 AM November 30, 2014

MOSCOW—Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke, who once trained under Manny Pacquiao handler Freddie Roach, returned to the boxing ring Friday at the age of 62, defeating a fighter less than half his age in an exhibition bout.

Rourke sent 29-year-old Pasadena native Elliot Seymour to the canvas twice in the second round before the referee stopped the fight.

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The bout at a Moscow concert hall was Rourke’s first fight in 20 years. He took a break from acting in the early 1990s, finishing a three-year pro boxing career with six wins and two draws.

He hinted that the return to the ring has helped him cope with unspecified personal issues.

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“I’ve got some things going on in my life so that [boxing has] sort of saved me from myself,” Rourke told Russian TV. “And for a man like me, it’s better to live in fear than go on in shame.”

Rourke prepared in a dressing room in front of a shrine featuring candles, images of saints, and photographs of his dogs. Rourke said he had been in mourning for his recently-deceased Chihuahua.

He took to the ring in a Stetson hat, a red-and-gold robe and shiny gold gloves, repeatedly crossing himself.

Rourke, who had said he lost 35 pounds (16 kilograms) to prepare to the fight, was much thinner than in his best-known cinematic fighting persona, when he bulked up to play the title character in 2008’s “The Wrestler.” His shorts bore his ring nickname from the 1990s, Marielito, with a Spanish-language message reading “always handsome.”

The fight was held at a pedestrian pace, with both Rourke and Seymour frequently backing away from one another and letting down their guard.

Seymour, a former California Golden Gloves champion with a 1-9 pro record, did not land any significant blows on Rourke, who had donated boxing equipment to Roach’s Wild Card Gym after training under the Hall-of-Fame trainer for a week. AP

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