Mickey Rourke to return to boxing ring at 62 in Moscow bout

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US actor Mickey Rourke speaking to journalists as he wears a T-shirt with the portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the center of Moscow. Rourke will revive his boxing career at the age of 62 and take to the ring with a US professional boxer in Moscow this month, Sovetsky Sport sports website reported on November 19, citing the promoters. Rourke is set to fight 29-year-old Elliot Seymour on November 28. They will take to the ring ahead of a match between Russia's Ruslan Provodnikov and Jose Luis Castillo of Mexico, Sovetsky Sport reported. AFP PHOTO

US actor Mickey Rourke speaking to journalists as he wears a T-shirt with the portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the center of Moscow. Rourke will revive his boxing career at the age of 62 and take to the ring with a US professional boxer in Moscow this month, Sovetsky Sport sports website reported on November 19, citing the promoters. Rourke is set to fight 29-year-old Elliot Seymour on November 28. They will take to the ring ahead of a match between Russia’s Ruslan Provodnikov and Jose Luis Castillo of Mexico, Sovetsky Sport reported. AFP PHOTO

MOSCOW: Mickey Rourke will revive his boxing career at the age of 62 and take to the ring with a US professional boxer in Moscow this month, Sovetsky Sport sports website reported Wednesday, citing the promoters.

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The American actor was quoted as saying by promoters: “Boxing is a serious part of my life. It taught me respect and determination, patience and concentration. I always dreamed of fighting a match in Russia.”

Rourke is set to fight 29-year-old Elliot Seymour on November 28. They will take to the ring ahead of a match between Russia’s Ruslan Provodnikov and Jose Luis Castillo of Mexico, Sovetsky Sport reported.

The actor was an amateur boxer before his Hollywood career took off and he became a sex symbol star in films such as “9 1/2 Weeks.”

He returned to boxing as a professional for eight matches in the 1990s, causing damage to his face that necessitated surgery and changed his appearance.

In 2008 he starred in “The Wrestler” about a washed-up fighter making a comeback, winning a Golden Globe for best actor.

Rourke is a frequent visitor to Russia and has been romantically linked to a Russian-born model, Anastassija Makarenko. AFP

 

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