After more than 20 years, actor Mickey Rourke is getting back in the boxing ring

The 62-year-old, who had a notable career as both an amateur and a professional boxer, will go up against 29-year-old Elliott Seymour on Nov. 28 in Moscow. 

"Boxing is a serious part of my life," Rourke was quoted by promoters as saying. "It taught me respect and determination, patience and concentration. I always dreamed of fighting a match in Russia."

To prep for the match, Rourke turned to friend and boxing trainer Freddie Roach, a legendary coach who has trained 27 world champions. According to sources, the actor reportedly lost over 33 pounds while getting back into fighting shape. 

"Given his age 62 years old — he is in a perfect shape," sports manager Maxim Kornilov told a Russian news agency

"Mickey did appear in spars with young boxers and we'll wait and see his performance on the prize-ring," he added. "I think he'll cope with the task because he has a wealth of experience." 

Rourke's record, stemming from his '90s comeback in the ring, currently stands at six wins and two draws. His opponent, Elliott Seymour, has only won one match in his last 10 professional contests.

Related on MNN: