BLOG13: Celebrity Martial Artists – Boxing Edition

BLOG13: Celebrity Martial Artists – Boxing Edition

It’s time to look at celebrities who do ‘the gentlemans sport’. Boxing isn’t as always viewed as a martial art, but has been around for a long time, and was actually in the Olympic Games in 688BC. Most celebrities are too worried about maintaining their looks to get hit in the face, but there are some exceptions…



Mickey Rourke

Mickey Rourke won his first boxing match at the tender age of 12, and went on to an amateur boxing record of 27 wins and 3 losses. His acting career then took off for a number of years until he returned to boxing in 1991, this time as a pro. He was then undefeated in 8 fights, with 6 wins and 2 draws. Unfortunately, this also led him to need reconstructive surgery on his face and, and his words, he ‘went to the wrong person for that’. On the silver screen Rourke has had a busy film career, mainly playing tough, gritty roles… Probably an easy task given his pugilist background.




Hilary Swank

Actresses often have to get in shape or learn a couple of ‘moves’ for a role, but to play a boxer in ‘Million Dollar Baby’, Hilary Swank went a lot further. She trained 2 and a half hours boxing, and 2 and a half hours of weights, 6 days a week, She put on 19 pounds of muscle and had to eat 200 grams of protein a day.

Boxing may not be as glamorous as some of the other alternatives, but it’s a sure-fire way of getting fit and ‘keeping it real’.