Mickey Rourke

Mickey Rourke

Mickey Rourke won his boxing match against Elliot Seymour.

The actor, 62, returned to the ring in Moscow, Russia, on Friday evening (28.11.14) to compete in an exhibition fight against a 29-year-old competitor, who he defeated in the second round.

Wearing a Stetson hat, a red and gold robe and shiny gold gloves, Mickey - who has been dating Russian model Anastassija Makarenko since 2011 - sent Elliot to the canvas twice before the fight was stopped and he was declared victorious.

The match was the star's first fight in more than 20 years, after deciding to focus on his acting career with films such as 'The Wrestler' and 'The Expendables', but said returning to the ring has helped him deal with his personal issues.

He explained: "I've got some things going on in my life so that [boxing has] sort of saved me from myself,

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

Having trained as an amateur boxer as a youngster, the star returned to the sport in the 1990s for three years, and boasts a career in which he went undefeated in eight fights. However, the star quit the sport following a number of facial injuries for which he required surgery.

After confirming his return to the sport on Friday, the Oscar winning actor - who shed 35lbs in preparation for the match - is expected to announce several more matches in the Russian capital in the coming months.

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