Mickey Rourke, Hollywood veteran, surprised a lot of people by winning a boxing match against Elliot Seymour, who is more than three decades younger opponent, during the Thanksgiving weekend.
California Golden Gloves champion, who has 1-9 professional record, was sent to the canvas twice during the second round and after that the fight was stopped by the referee.
On October 16 in Costa Mesa in California, the 29-year-old boxer has recently fought professionally where he lost from Taif Harris by a decision. Since 1994, the star of “The Wrestler” movie hadn’t competed in a professional boxing match, prior to the event in Moscow on Friday, November 28.
The first taste of fame for Mickey was as a boxer in the ’60s and ’70s when he had an impressive amateur record of 27 wins and only 3 losses, before he hit in the show business in the ’80s. Apparently it seems that it is too good to be true. On Sunday, November 30, the report said that the fight was fixed.
According to the publication, the man who lost the fight against Mickey was some homeless guy who used to train at the same gym in the Hollywood as the actor, and he was paid to go to Moscow to make Mickey look good. One source, who is close to Elliot’s family, said that the man writes posts on his Facebook page about being homeless and that he spends his nights in Memorial Park in Pasadena.
“It was clearly a fixed fight. The whole bouncing off the ropes, hands down, punches were not landing and they were intentionally hitting each other’s gloves. There are people at Wild Card gym who know that Elliot’s in a really terrible situation and pretty much living on the streets, these are Mickey Rourke’s people who Elliot’s been around and known for some time.
I’d be surprised if they didn’t know something about his situation but they have decided to put him in the ring against Mickey Rourke.” – The source said. “I think it was just an ideal situation where Elliot has a title, he’s desperate and clearly his boxing career isn’t going anywhere and he’s pretty much living on the streets, so for him it’s a win because gets off the streets for a while.
One of the well-known boxing reporters writing about the fight said they might as well have got somebody who was sleeping on the subway and it would’ve been a better opponent, well what he doesn’t know is that’s pretty much what happened.” – The insider added.