Mickey Rourke, 62, made a victorious return to boxing this week by winning a fight in Russia.
The actor/boxer won the bout by technical knockout in round two. He faced 29-year-old Elliot Seymour, who was counted out, reports the Daily Mail.
Seymour went down twice in the bout, which was held in Moscow, Russia, on Friday.
This was Rourke’s first bout in 20 years. Rourke delivered a hard jab that brought Seymour to his knees before he was counted out.
When the bout was over, Rourke enjoyed the cheers from the crowd. He then lifted his trainer Freddie Roach onto his shoulders. After being crowned the winner, the actor lapped up cheers from the crowd.
It took little time for the victory to hit Twitter. Many fans congratulated him on his win, while others belittled his victory, calling him Rocky’s grandpa with a bad face lift or suggesting he deserved an Oscar, not a belt. Several suggested that the match was rigged.
Rourke was an amateur boxer before he followed his dreams to Hollywood. He quickly became a sought after actor and sex symbol. Rourke returned to boxing as a professional back in the 1990s for eight matches. During that time period, blows to his face caused extensive damage. The surgery it took to repair the damage drastically changed his appearance.
In 2008, Rourke starred in the movie The Wrestler about a fighter who was washed up, but attempting a comeback. He won a Golden Globe for Best Actor.
Rourke has been in a romantic relationship with Russian model Anastassija Makarenko for four years, so he is no stranger to Russia.
“Mickey Rourke is in a perfect bodily condition and he has had spars with young boxers in Russia,” Maxim Kornilov, a sports manager, told a Russian news agency.
“Given his age 62 years old – he is in a perfect shape. Mickey did appear in spars with young boxers and we’ll wait and see his performance on the prize-ring. I think he’ll cope with the task because he has a wealth of experience,” Kornilov said.
Rourke’s match with Seymour took place before the main event Russia’s Russian Provodnikov and Jose Luis Castillo of Mexico, reports Yahoo! Sports.
On Wednesday, Rourke was photographed training with Marvin Somodio, so it appears Rourke may be considering a return to the ring in the very near future.
“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 said prior to his bout.