Award-winning actor Mickey Rourke is aiming to get back in the ring in the New Year following on from his controversial win over Elliot Seymour in November 2014.
Rourke, 64, defeated Seymour via knockout in Moscow on the Ruslan Provodnikov v Jose Luis Castillo undercard only for the American to claim he was paid $15,000 to throw the fight without the knowledge of the eventual winner.
Despite a wave of negativity surrounding Rourke’s need to box, the star of ‘The Wrestler’ and ‘Sin City’ is training for another appearance in Russia, according to manager Vadim Kornilov.
“We are working on organizing a fight for Mickey in the Urals,” Kornilov told TASS this week.
“We plan to have Egor Mekhontsev as one of the main fights there. At the moment, we’re having talks about an event with a few of our partners based in the Urals.
“It could happen in February or March next year. Mickey is currently training every day, he really wants the fight and is asking when he can fight in Russia.”
The New York fought eight times professionally from 1991 to 1994 scoring six wins and two draws, although no fights participated in since then have been officially added to Rourke’s boxing record.