Mickey Rourke

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Name: Mickey Rourke
Alias: El Marielito
Birth Name: Philip Andre Rourke, Jr.
Born: 1952-09-16
Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, USA
Hometown: Schenectady, New York, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5′ 11″   /   180cm
Boxing Record: click

Biography

Better known as a movie actor (credits), Mickey Rourke also had an amateur and professional boxing career. Rourke originally claimed that he had been born and raised in Liberty City, Florida. However, in a November 28, 2008 New York Times article by Pat Jordan, Rourke says he was born in Schenectady, New York. In that same NYT's story, Rourke's step-father, former Miami Beach police officer Eugene Addis, says that his stepson likes to lie and never lived in Liberty City ("an all Black neighborhood"). Addis says the family lived in a house near Miami Shores, a middleclass white neighborhood, and later moved to Miami Beach. In the 1970-1971 Nautilus Junior High School Phone Directory, Rourke's younger sister Patti, was listed as living on West 47th Street and Praire Avenue in Miami Beach.

Rourke graduated from Horace Mann Junior High School and attended Miami Beach Senior High School from 1969-1971, where he played second-string first baseman for coach Skip Bertman, and acted in one school play directed by Jay W. Jensen. Rourke graduated from Miami Beach Senior High School in 1971.

Rouke began his amateur boxing career at the Boys Club of Miami at age 12. He fought as a bantamweight through welterweight under his birth name of "Phillip Rourke". He had a mauling style of holding and hitting, shoving and pushing. He continued his amateur boxing career at the 5th Street Gym where he fought in the Police Athletic League Amateur boxing program.

Mickey Rourke 1973

In 1969, at the 5th Street Gym, Rourke sparred with former world welterweight champion Luis Manuel Rodriguez, who was in training for his title match with Nino Benvenuti. Rourke reportedly received a concussion in that sparring match. Rourke received yet another concussion fighting in a 1971 Golden Gloves tournament. He was told by doctors to take a year off and decided to retire from amateur competition. From 1964 to 1973, Rourke had compiled an amateur boxing record of 27-3 with 17 knockouts. (According to his Internet Movie Database biography, Rourke won 12 straight first round knockouts as an amateur).

However, in the New York Times story of November, 2008, Rourke's step-father, 81 year old Eugene Addis, a former Miami Beach Police Department detective disputes his stepson's amateur boxing career. According to Addis, he hired a boxing trainer to work with Rourke for 6 months at the famed 5th Street Gym. Addis says that Rourke had one amateur fight which he lost after he quickly quit. Addis claims that Rourke never fought in the Golden Gloves. However in a 1994 World Boxing Magazine article, former professional boxer Tommy Torino recalled; "Phil as a guy who marched to his own drum beat." A 1972, black and white, somewhat blurry photo, shows a Phil Rourke knocking out an unknown opponent at the 1972 Florida Golden Gloves.

As an amateur, Rouke had been friendly with pro-boxer Tommy Torino. (Torino later promoted some of Rourke's professional fights.) Rouke returned to boxing as a professional just to see "if I still can do it for real, and not make believe." He was trained by former professional boxer and lightweight contender Freddie Roach at Miami?s 5th Street Gym and the Outlaw Boxing Club Gym in Los Angeles. Rouke made $250.00 for his pro debut. In his first year and a half as a professional boxer, Rourke made a million dollars. He has sparred with such well-known boxers as James Toney, Tommy Morrison, John David Jackson, and John Montes. He once appeared on the cover of World Boxing magazine (June 1994). Rourke wanted to have sixteen pro fights and end his career by fighting for a world title. However, he retired after eight bouts (Rourke claimes in the Times article that he was 8-0-2 as a pro)and never got his desired title shot. His boxing career resulted in facial injuries which required a number of operations to repair his damaged face.

In a front page Miami Herald article entitled, THE MICKEY ROURKE THAT MIAMI KNEW, by Lydia Martin, on Sunday, February 22, 2009, Rourke's step-father expressed his distain's for his stepson's professional boxing career; " They paid him (Mickey Rourke) millions (of dollars) to fight in Japan. The fight lasted not even 30 seconds. (Mickey) threw one punch and missed the guy by six inches. The (other) guy took the biggest dive I ever saw."

At one time, Rourke visited former world middleweight boxing champion Carlos Monzon in Argentina, where Monzon was serving a prison sentence for killing his common-law-wife. Rourke was rumored to have sparred with Monzon there in prison, but photos of Rourke's visit (which appeared in Argentine newspapers and magazines) fail to support this claim.

On January 6, 1994, Rourke was arrested outside the night-club he owned at 1203 Washington Avenue, on South Beach, called "Mickey's," by Miami Beach police officers for causing a disturbance.

On February 1, 2007, Rourke made the news when he led a protest on Espanola Way in South Beach to protest the treatment of pet-store pets. Rourke had bought an expensive puppy at a pet store on Espanola Way and the dog died after a week. Rourke and a group of 20 protesters, some former sparring partners from Rourke's boxing days, carried picket signs and demanded the store owners be jailed.

Rourke was arrested for a third time in South Florida on Thursday, November 8, 2007 and charged with drinking under the influence. Rourke was driving a 2007 Vespa scooter at 4:11a.m. on Washington Avenue and 12th Street on South Beach. Police said that the actor/boxer failed a field sobriety test with a blood-alcohol content of 0.81. Rourke was released on $1,000.00 bail. In 1994, Mickey was arrested twice; once for spousal abuse, and for a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest without violence following a South Beach brawl outside of his night-club, Mickeys. In an interesting note, WPLG Channel 10 News in Miami, listed Rourke's age as 53. However, WSVN Channel 7, also in Miami, listed Rourke as 55. Rourke claims he is 51.

On November 28, 2014, Rourke returned to the ring in Moscow, Russia at the age of 62 to box an exhibition bout against Elliott Seymour. The fight was scheduled for five two minute rounds but ended with Seymour taking a dive in the 2nd round.

Trivia

  • Rourke is left-handed.

Sources

  • http://www.boxing-scoop.com/show_boxer.php?boxer_ID=7018
  • Miami Herald, Sunday, February 22, 2009, Front Page-2A: THE MICKEY ROURKE THAT MIAMI KNEW, by Lydia Martin.
  • 70-71 NAUTILUS Junior High School Directory, page 25, Patti Rourke.
  • Miami Beach Senior High School Alumni Directory 2003, page 215, Class of 1971, Mickey Rourke.
  • New York Times, November 28, 2008: HIS FISTS ARE UP AND HIS GUARD IS DOWN, by Pat Jordan.
  • Internet Movie Database: [1]
  • Miami Herald, October 16, 2004, 4B: BROTHER OF ACTOR MICKEY ROURKE.
  • Miami Herald, September 10, 1994, Sports, page 6d: STATE MAY KO ROURKE.
  • World Boxing, June 1994, pages 34-37 and 50-51: MICKEY ROURKE: ACTING LIKE A BOXER...OR BOXING LIKE AN ACTOR, by Tommy Deas, Jr.
  • Miami Herald, January 7, 1994, Local, page 1B:ROURKE ARRESTED OUTSIDE HIS CLUB.
  • Miami Herald, June 29, 1992, Sports, page 2D: ROURKE'S LATEST FIGHT NOTHING BUT A FARSE.
  • Miami Herald, June 9, 1992, Front, page 2A: MICKEY ROURKE'S MANLY ART.
  • Miami Herald, April 26, 1992, Sports, page 9D: FANS BOOS ROURKE AFTER DRAW.
  • Miami Herald, April 2, 1992, Neighbors MB, page 16: NEIGHBORS.
  • Miami Herald, April 9, 1992, Sports, page 2d: SPORTS.
  • Miami Herald, April 8, 1992, Sports, page 1D: SPORTS.
  • Miami Herald, April 19, 1992, Sports, page 13D: OH, MICKEY, YOU'RE SO SLY, YOU KEEP UMPS GUESSING ALL THE TIME.
  • Miami Herald, March 28, 1992, Sports, page 9D: ACTOR ROURKE PLANS TO FIGHT AGAIN APRIL 25.
  • Miami Herald, May 24, 1991, Front, page 1A: ROURKE'S NEW ROLE: ROCKY.