Rourke Boxing Opponent Was Homeless Drifter Who Was Paid To Lose, Says Man’s Family
As you know, Mickey Rourke, 62, took time from acting to revive his boxing career, staging a fight with someone named Elliot Seymour, 29, in Russia on Saturday. And we do mean staging.
Rourke won, but the ease at which Seymour hit the canvas had many wondering if he took a dive. We may never know ... or, wait sorry. We do know. Seymour most assuredly was paid to lose, according to several sources. Seymour is being described as "homeless" and "desperate" and the fight was a sham from the start. Members of his family began tweeting the facts on Sunday.
"Obviously, it was beneficial for Mickey Rourke. It probably made him feel good, boosted his ego, to be able to say he beat somebody half his age,’’ said a family friend of Elliot Seymour, the down-and-out boxer who hangs out at the same LA gym as Rourke and allegedly took the fall against him.
“Yeah, Rourke did [beat him], but you’re not telling them the real story. The real story is [Seymour] is homeless and desperate.”
And so ends possibly the ugliest chapter in professional boxing history, or at least Rourke's acting career. New York Post:
Seymour was once an aspiring boxer but never managed to break out and is now a homeless drifter, spending most of his time at the gym, a Starbucks and on benches at Memorial Park in Pasadena, sources said.
“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,” the family friend said. “Well, what he doesn’t know is that’s pretty much what happened.”
So it turns out that this fight wasn't as dangerous as we thought it might be: an old man paid a homeless guy to spar with him for four rounds, and the homeless guy then just sat down and everyone cheered. No injuries, except to the sport of boxing, and our sensibilities.
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