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    Default I once did a little sparring with Tommy Hearns!

    Just found this Interview with Mickey Rourke from 2005 where he talks about sparring Duran, Hearns and Toney and talks a little about the big up and coming fight (at that time) between Hatton and Tszyu!


    When Rourke sparred with Duran

    Better known for roles in "Nine-and-a-half Weeks" and "Sin City", Hollywood star Mickey Rourke was also a half-decent professional boxer in his time.

    He sparred with legends Roberto Duran, James Toney and Thomas Hearns, and has many an interesting tale to tell, as BBC Radio Five Live's Colin Paterson found out on The Eamonn Holmes Show.



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    How good a boxer were you?

    It's hard to tell. Some days I was good, some days I was not so good. It's like anything else. But I was in the gym most of my life from the age of 11 until several years ago, and my pro record was 11 wins and two draws.

    So you never lost?

    No, but I got my arse kicked every day in the gym.

    I was working out with James Toney and Roberto Duran and the best guys in the world. My trainer was Freddie Roach, so I had the best people around me.

    And when I was a kid I was in Angelo Dundee's gym with Muhammad Ali.

    What's it like boxing with Duran?


    Scary. I sparred with him at the later stages of his boxing life when I had some height and strength on him. But he was so crafty.

    I remember one time I'd been sparring with him in Miami ahead of one of his fights and I was kind of having my way with him - still getting my arse kicked but not that bad.

    All of a sudden he's in there with another kid and he knocks him out cold for 25 minutes, and he says: "Come on Mickey", but he was alright with me.

    I got hurt a couple of times, though.

    I once did a little sparring with Tommy Hearns. He hit me at two in the afternoon and I went down to a knee. At four in the morning, I was still throwing up.

    And then there was Nigel Benn. He was down in Miami and I used to look at him throw his right hand and I thought: "I don't ever want to spar him." He had thunder in his hands.

    How painful is it?

    You know, you get de-sensitised to a degree. If you get an uppercut or a body shot that can hurt, but you don't really feel much, and that's where the trouble starts.

    What injuries do you still carry from boxing?

    Too many to mention. I stopped boxing when I failed a neurological test and started to get short-term memory loss.

    I could remember stuff from 15 years ago but 15 seconds before was tricky. I was advised to stop.

    Do you still follow the game?

    Yes, very much so.

    Who is the best pound-for-pound fighter?

    I love Arturo Gatti and Kostya Tszyu is real good.

    I'm a Ricky Hatton fan but he's going to have his hands full when he meets Tszyu (on 5 June) I think.

    Kostya's levelling out and Ricky's coming up. It's going to be a real tough fight - too close to call. I wouldn't bet on that one.

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    Default Re: I once did a little sparring with Tommy Hearns!

    I had no idea this guy was a pug. I have not seen his face in many moons and I did a google and damn! He got some plastic surgery that you can spot on him a mile away. Do people really think they look good after plastic surgery?

    It almost makes him look g@y

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    Default Re: I once did a little sparring with Tommy Hearns!

    He looks like a burn victim after extensive reconstruction surgery.
    Oops

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    Default Re: I once did a little sparring with Tommy Hearns!

    Quote Originally Posted by Danny_G View Post
    I had no idea this guy was a pug. I have not seen his face in many moons and I did a google and damn! He got some plastic surgery that you can spot on him a mile away. Do people really think they look good after plastic surgery?

    It almost makes him look g@y
    Jesus Christ! He needs to get in the ring and have some of that plastic knocked on out of his face. Just kidding. Mickey's cool. He was the shit in Sin City.

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    Quote Originally Posted by death View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Danny_G View Post
    I had no idea this guy was a pug. I have not seen his face in many moons and I did a google and damn! He got some plastic surgery that you can spot on him a mile away. Do people really think they look good after plastic surgery?

    It almost makes him look g@y
    Jesus Christ! He needs to get in the ring and have some of that plastic knocked on out of his face. Just kidding. Mickey's cool. He was the shit in Sin City.
    It all makes sense now, no wonder he had the certain look back in the days, I don't know why I did not put two and two together and no wonder the phuker acts a little punchie, well I now think he ain't acting punchie because I think he is really punchie

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    Default Re: I once did a little sparring with Tommy Hearns!

    Did you guys see him in that movie "Spun"? Looking pretty haggard these days.

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    Default Re: I once did a little sparring with Tommy Hearns!

    I like what he says about Hearns hitting him. That made me laugh!

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    Default Re: I once did a little sparring with Tommy Hearns!

    Who is the best pound-for-pound fighter?

    I love Arturo Gatti ...



    LOL!

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    Default Re: I once did a little sparring with Tommy Hearns!

    Quote Originally Posted by Danny_G View Post
    I had no idea this guy was a pug. I have not seen his face in many moons and I did a google and damn! He got some plastic surgery that you can spot on him a mile away. Do people really think they look good after plastic surgery?

    It almost makes him look g@y
    Both Tony Danza & Rourke fought...

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    Default Re: I once did a little sparring with Tommy Hearns!

    He was the shit in Barfly.
    "If there's a better chin in the world than Pryor's, it has to be on Mount Rushmore." -Pat Putnam.

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    Default Re: I once did a little sparring with Tommy Hearns!

    and let it be noted that i started the last Rourke thread.
    "If there's a better chin in the world than Pryor's, it has to be on Mount Rushmore." -Pat Putnam.

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    Default Re: I once did a little sparring with Tommy Hearns!

    Quote Originally Posted by Beanflicker View Post
    Who is the best pound-for-pound fighter?

    I love Arturo Gatti ...



    LOL!
    I know I was wondering if his memory loss was kicking in here and Gatti was the first name that came into his head!

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