29 Nov 2014
Rourke prepared in a dressing room in front of a shrine featuring candles, images of saints, see here and photographs of his dogs. Rourke said he had been in mourning for his recently-deceased Chihuahua. He took to the ring in a Stetson hat, a red-and-gold robe and shiny gold gloves, repeatedly crossing himself. Rourke, who had said he review lost 35 lbs (16 kilograms) to prepare to the fight, was much thinner than in his best-known cinematic fighting persona, when he bulked up to play the title character in 2008's "The Wrestler." His shorts bore his ring nickname from the 1990s, Marielito, with a Spanish-language message reading "always handsome." The fight was held at a pedestrian pace, with both Rourke and Seymour frequently backing away from one another and letting down their guard. Several of Rourke's punches appeared illegal. His final punch struck the stumbling Seymour on the buttocks and the 29-year-old went down to all fours until the referee stopped the contest. The Russian crowd chanted "Misha," a short form of the Russian name Mikhail, in Rourke's honor. Seymour, http://jacktlxn.blogs.experienceproject.com a former California Golden Gloves champion with a 1-9 pro record, did not land any significant blows on Rourke, whose previous boxing career left him with injuries that he has previously said necessitated extensive plastic surgery to his face.