Mark Wahlberg is returning to the boxing ring for a sequel to his hit movie The Fighter.
The 2009 film garnered Oscars for co-stars Christian Bale and Melissa Leo and chronicled the ups and downs of celebrated boxer 'Irish' Micky Ward.
Insiders suggest the follow-up film will focus on Ward's infamous battles with his arch-rival Arturo Gatti.
But it appears David O. Russell will not be back for the film.
Wahlberg tells The Playlist, "We got to do that film before I get too old, so maybe in the next year, year and a half. We have to wait for the script and then we'll choose a director."