Most fighters would never dream of stepping back in the ring approaching their retirement years, but the same cannot be said of devoted boxing lover and superstar actor Mickey Rourke.
Rourke fought for two years as a professional between 1992 and 1994, winning six and drawing two, until a facial injury meant his career had to come to an end and the American hasn’t fought since.
Now, after 22 years away, Rourke is lacing up the gloves once more to battle Elliot Seymour on the Ruslan Provodnikov v Jose Luis Castillo undercard in Moscow on November 29, according to Russian website Sovetsky Sports.
Starring in films such as Sin City, The Wreslter and Iron Man 2 of late, Rourke has a lifestyle most could only dream of, but finds the lure of trading punches with another man too much to back away from.
“Boxing is a very beautiful sport and honest sport and a serious part of my life,” said Rourke.
“It taught me to respect, perseverance, patience and concentration and I have always wanted to fight in Russia. Thanks to Andrew Ryabinsky for the opportunity,” he added.
Opponent Seymour, 29, has won just one of his ten professional contests since turning pro in 2008 and the Californian shouldn’t pose too much of a threat to Rourke’s undefeated record in the five-round bout.