In the ring: U.S. actor Mickey Rourke beats opponent 33 years his junior

Mickey Rourke and his opponent during the match. (Photo courtesy: AP)

After 20 years of staying clear from the ring, Hollywood actor and boxer Mickey Rourke defeated an opponent 33 years his junior, the Telegraph reported.

Boxer Elliot Seymour, 29, succumbed to Rourke’s punches in the second round of the match, which was held in Moscow.

The crowd cheered the veteran actor, chanting “Misha.”

Before launching an acting career, Rourke, now 62, trained as a boxer. He returned to the sport during a three-year acting hiatus in the in 1990s during which he went undefeated for eight matches.

In 2008, he was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in the film The Wrestler.

Preparation for the fight helped Rourke get through several personal issues, he said, adding that he lost almost 16 kilograms.

“I've got some things going on in my life so that [boxing has] sort of saved me from myself," he said.

"And for a man like me, it's better to live in fear than go on in shame."

His dressing room reportedly houses candles, photos of saints and pictures of his dogs.

A devout catholic, Rourke repeatedly crossed himself during the fight with his shiny gold gloves.

Seymour’s opponent came to the ring in a Stetson hat and a red and gold robe.

The 29 year-old-boxer has one win under his belt and nine losses.

 

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