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Boxer admits to taking a dive in bout against Mickey Rourke – SportsUntapped.com
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Added December 23rd, 2014 by Ian

Boxer admits to taking a dive in bout against Mickey Rourke
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In case you haven’t heard yet, the Mickey Rourke vs Elliot Seymour boxing match in Russia a couple of weeks ago was fixed. Most fans expected it was after watching the contest live or the online video of the bout, but now we have the official word from Seymour himself. Seymour, who is 1-9 as a pro with 1 Ko, said he was offered $15,000 to take a dive in the six-round fight against the 62-year-old Hollywood actor, who entered the ring with a record of 6-0-2 with 4 Kos.

According to Seymour, he was paid $10,000 up front and was supposed to get the remaining $5,000 when he got back to America. He was supposed to hit the deck in the second round from a body shot and he did just that. However, he claims that he doesn’t believe Rourke knew the fix was in. Seymour said he’s still waiting for his $5,000 payment and he was told not to punch Rourke’s face during the fight.

For his efforts, Seymour of Pasadena, California has now been banned from boxing in the state of New Jersey and it’s likely he’ll also be banned in California as well. Larry Hazzard of the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board commented that Seymour admitted to taking a dive and the state won’t sanction another of his fights and a California official conveyed the same message.

The 29-year-old Seymour is reportedly homeless and has been living on the streets for the past 18 months or so after moving out of his mother’s home. However, he works out at the same Wild Card gym as Rourke in Hollywood, California. Rourke’s camp offered to fly him to Russia and pay him for taking the dive. British newspapers broke the story soon after the fight took place, but Seymour denied it. He eventually changed his tune about two weeks later though, but added, “As far as I know, Mickey had no knowledge of this. Mickey’s a stand-up guy, I think he’s a nice man…he didn’t have anything to do with a fix being in. That was all his people.”

One of Seymour’s family members, who wanted to remain anonymous, said Rourke’s people knew about the drifter’s situation and probably assumed they could get him off the streets by giving him a decent payday. They could also kill two birds with one stone since Seymour’s dive would make the actor look good in the ring. However, the family member claimed Seymour may have some mental health issues and he shouldn’t be exploited. The family member also said Seymour spends his nights at a local park and sometimes sleeps on friends’ couches while he hangs around at a Starbucks coffee shop during the days.

Seymour began boxing when he was about 19 and won the Golden Gloves amateur title when he was 23, but has had no success as a pro. After struggling in his boxing career Seymour’s family wanted him to scrap boxing and get a job, but that led to a falling out between them. Seymour’s mother confirmed that she and her son were estranged due to philosophical differences over his boxing career. She believes it’s a dangerous sport and is worried her son might get seriously hurt.

 
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