Mickey Rourke wins exhibition round in Russia

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US actor Mickey Rourke kisses his glove after beating his opponent Elliot Seymour of the United States, during their professional boxing match at the Luzhniki Stadium, in Moscow, Russia, on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke returned to the boxing ring Friday at the age of 62, defeating a fighter less than half his age in an exhibition bout. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)
US actor Mickey Rourke celebrates his victory against his opponent Elliot Seymour of the United States, after their professional boxing match at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke returned to the boxing ring Friday at the age of 62, defeating a fighter less than half his age in an exhibition bout. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
US actor Mickey Rourke celebrates his victory against his opponent Elliot Seymour of the United States, after their professional boxing match at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke returned to the boxing ring Friday at the age of 62, defeating a fighter less than half his age in an exhibition bout. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
US actor Mickey Rourke, right, looks at his opponent Elliot Seymour of the United States, as the referee gestures, during their professional boxing match, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Friday, Nov, 28, 2014. Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke returned to the boxing ring Friday at the age of 62, defeating a fighter less than half his age in an exhibition bout. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
US actor Mickey Rourke celebrates his victory against his opponent Elliot Seymour of the United States, after their professional boxing match at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke returned to the boxing ring Friday at the age of 62, defeating a fighter less than half his age in an exhibition bout. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
US actor Mickey Rourke, right, poses with supporters after his victory against his opponent Elliot Seymour of the United States, in their professional boxing match at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke returned to the boxing ring Friday at the age of 62, defeating a fighter less than half his age in an exhibition bout. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
US actor Mickey Rourke, right, and his opponent Elliot Seymour of the United States, fight during their professional boxing match, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Friday, Nov, 28, 2014. Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke returned to the boxing ring Friday at the age of 62, defeating a fighter less than half his age in an exhibition bout. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
US actor Mickey Rourke, foreground, celebrates his victory against his opponent Elliot Seymour, background left, of the United States, after their professional boxing match at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke returned to the boxing ring Friday at the age of 62, defeating a fighter less than half his age in an exhibition bout. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
US actor Mickey Rourke, right, looks at his opponent Elliot Seymour of the United States, during their professional boxing match, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Friday, Nov, 28, 2014. Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke returned to the boxing ring Friday at the age of 62, defeating a fighter less than half his age in an exhibition bout. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
US actor Mickey Rourke, left, holds up his guard against his opponent Elliot Seymour of the United States, during their professional boxing match, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow,Friday, Nov, 28, 2014. Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke returned to the boxing ring Friday at the age of 62, defeating a fighter less than half his age in an exhibition bout. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
US actor Mickey Rourke, right, punches his opponent Elliot Seymour of the United States, during their professional boxing match, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow,Friday, Nov, 28, 2014. Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke returned to the boxing ring Friday at the age of 62, defeating a fighter less than half his age in an exhibition bout. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
US actor Mickey Rourke, right, holds up his guard against his opponent Elliot Seymour of the United States, during their professional boxing match, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow,Friday, Nov, 28, 2014. Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke returned to the boxing ring Friday at the age of 62, defeating a fighter less than half his age in an exhibition bout. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
US actor Mickey Rourke, and his opponent Elliot Seymour of the United States, fight during their professional boxing match, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow,Friday, Nov, 28, 2014. Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke returned to the boxing ring Friday at the age of 62, defeating a fighter less than half his age in an exhibition bout. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
US actor Mickey Rourke, right, punches his opponent Elliot Seymour of the United States, during their professional boxing match, at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow,Friday, Nov, 28, 2014. Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke returned to the boxing ring Friday at the age of 62, defeating a fighter less than half his age in an exhibition bout. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke (R), 62, fights with US professional Elliot Seymour, 29, in Moscow on November 28, 2014, as Rourke revives his boxing career at the age of 62 taking to the ring. Rourke was an amateur boxer before his Hollywood career took off and he became a sex symbol star in films such as '9 1/2 Weeks.' He returned to boxing as a professional for eight matches in the 1990s, causing damage to his face that necessitated surgery and changed his appearance. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke (R), 62, fights with US professional Elliot Seymour, 29, in Moscow on November 28, 2014, as Rourke revives his boxing career at the age of 62 taking to the ring. Rourke was an amateur boxer before his Hollywood career took off and he became a sex symbol star in films such as '9 1/2 Weeks.' He returned to boxing as a professional for eight matches in the 1990s, causing damage to his face that necessitated surgery and changed his appearance. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke, 62, arrives to fight US professional Elliot Seymour, 29, in Moscow on November 28, 2014, as Rourke revives his boxing career at the age of 62 taking to the ring. Rourke was an amateur boxer before his Hollywood career took off and he became a sex symbol star in films such as '9 1/2 Weeks.' He returned to boxing as a professional for eight matches in the 1990s, causing damage to his face that necessitated surgery and changed his appearance. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke (R), 62, poses after fighting and knocking out US professional Elliot Seymour, 29, in Moscow on November 28, 2014, as Rourke revives his boxing career at the age of 62 taking to the ring. Rourke was an amateur boxer before his Hollywood career took off and he became a sex symbol star in films such as '9 1/2 Weeks.' He returned to boxing as a professional for eight matches in the 1990s, causing damage to his face that necessitated surgery and changed his appearance. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke, 62, greets the audience before fighting US professional Elliot Seymour, 29, in Moscow on November 28, 2014, as Rourke revives his boxing career at the age of 62 taking to the ring. Rourke was an amateur boxer before his Hollywood career took off and he became a sex symbol star in films such as '9 1/2 Weeks.' He returned to boxing as a professional for eight matches in the 1990s, causing damage to his face that necessitated surgery and changed his appearance. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke, 62, greets the audience before fighting US professional Elliot Seymour, 29, in Moscow on November 28, 2014, as Rourke revives his boxing career at the age of 62 taking to the ring. Rourke was an amateur boxer before his Hollywood career took off and he became a sex symbol star in films such as '9 1/2 Weeks.' He returned to boxing as a professional for eight matches in the 1990s, causing damage to his face that necessitated surgery and changed his appearance. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke (R), 62, hugs US professional Elliot Seymour, 29, after knocking him out in Moscow on November 28, 2014, as Rourke revives his boxing career at the age of 62 taking to the ring. Rourke was an amateur boxer before his Hollywood career took off and he became a sex symbol star in films such as '9 1/2 Weeks.' He returned to boxing as a professional for eight matches in the 1990s, causing damage to his face that necessitated surgery and changed his appearance. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
A referee holds up Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke's (L) fist, 62, after he knocked out US professional Elliot Seymour (R), 29, in Moscow on November 28, 2014, as Rourke revives his boxing career at the age of 62 taking to the ring. Rourke was an amateur boxer before his Hollywood career took off and he became a sex symbol star in films such as '9 1/2 Weeks.' He returned to boxing as a professional for eight matches in the 1990s, causing damage to his face that necessitated surgery and changed his appearance. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke (C), 62, raises his fists after knocking out US professional Elliot Seymour, 29, in Moscow on November 28, 2014, as Rourke revives his boxing career at the age of 62 taking to the ring. Rourke was an amateur boxer before his Hollywood career took off and he became a sex symbol star in films such as '9 1/2 Weeks.' He returned to boxing as a professional for eight matches in the 1990s, causing damage to his face that necessitated surgery and changed his appearance. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke (R), 62, fights with US professional Elliot Seymour, 29, in Moscow on November 28, 2014, as Rourke revives his boxing career at the age of 62 taking to the ring. Rourke was an amateur boxer before his Hollywood career took off and he became a sex symbol star in films such as '9 1/2 Weeks.' He returned to boxing as a professional for eight matches in the 1990s, causing damage to his face that necessitated surgery and changed his appearance. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke (L), 62, fights with US professional Elliot Seymour, 29, in Moscow on November 28, 2014, as Rourke revives his boxing career at the age of 62 taking to the ring. Rourke was an amateur boxer before his Hollywood career took off and he became a sex symbol star in films such as '9 1/2 Weeks.' He returned to boxing as a professional for eight matches in the 1990s, causing damage to his face that necessitated surgery and changed his appearance. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke (R), 62, fights with US professional Elliot Seymour, 29, in Moscow on November 28, 2014, as Rourke revives his boxing career at the age of 62 taking to the ring. Rourke was an amateur boxer before his Hollywood career took off and he became a sex symbol star in films such as '9 1/2 Weeks.' He returned to boxing as a professional for eight matches in the 1990s, causing damage to his face that necessitated surgery and changed his appearance. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
American movie star Mickey Rourke, right, swings an uppercut to his trainer Fred Roach during a workout, June 17, 1992, at Tokyo's Kyoei Boxing Gym. He will fight his fellow countryman Darrell Miller in a six-round scheduled super middleweight match on June 23. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Mickey Rourke, left, works out with his trainer Fred Roach during his first sparring session at Tokyo's Kyoei Boxing Gym June 17, 1992. The American movie star fights with his country fellow Darrell Miller in a six-round scheduled super middleweight match on June 23 in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Mickey Rourke, actor, boxer & all around tough guy during a professional boxing match versus Francisco Harris, April 25, 1992. The match ended in a draw. This was Rourke's first pro fight. (AP Photo/David Bruneau)
Actor Mickey Rourke gestures during a press conference in Miami Beach March 25, 1992. Rourke announced plans to fight in his second professional match, when he meets Francesco Harris on April 25 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. (AP Photo/David Bruneau)
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MOSCOW (AP) -- Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke returned to the boxing ring Friday at the age of 62, defeating a fighter less than half his age in an exhibition bout.

Rourke sent 29-year-old Pasadena native Elliot Seymour to the canvas twice in the second round before the referee stopped the fight.

The bout at a Moscow concert hall was Rourke's first fight in 20 years. He took a break from acting in the early 1990s, finishing a three-year pro boxing career with six wins and two draws.

He hinted that the return to the ring has helped him cope with unspecified personal issues.

"I've got some things going on in my life so that (boxing has) sort of saved me from myself," Rourke told Russian TV. "And for a man like me, it's better to live in fear than go on in shame."

He has said he plans to hold another four fights in Russia.

Rourke prepared in a dressing room in front of a shrine featuring candles, images of saints, 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 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, 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.

Following the fight, the crowd was treated to a concert by Grigory Leps, a Russian rock singer who has been barred from entering the United States due to alleged mafia connections.

On the undercard, Olympic light-heavyweight champion Egor Mekhontsev continued his unbeaten start to his professional career, moving to a 7-0 record with a win over Ugandan fighter Joey Vegas.

Russia's Eduard Troyanovsky knocked out Jose Agustin Feria of Colombia in the first round for the WBA intercontinental lightweight title, moving to a 20-0 record.

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