Former boxing champion Mike Tyson declared himself a "slumdog" Friday as he made his first trip to India. "I am a slumdog. I grew up in a slum. I had the ambition to get out of the slums and that´s why I am here, Tyson said while speaking to the press. Mike Tyson arrived in India on Friday.
The 52-year-old was in Mumbai as part of the launch of the Kumite 1 League. A visit to Dharavi, the slum capital of Mumbai, also on card. "The most successful fighters have come from slums. All the current top fighters are from the slums," the controversial heavyweight great told reporters. "I think the poorer you are the better boxer you are," he added. Dharavi, often described as Asia´s biggest slum was the backdrop of Oscar winning movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire” by Boyle.
Tyson is one of the most formidable and controversial sportsmen to date.In 1986, at the age of 20, he became the youngest international boxing heavyweight champion in history.He held that title from 1987 to 1990 and achieved 58 victories, including 44 by knockout.
But his career was plagued with trouble, including drug addiction and stints in prison for rape.In 1992, at the age of 25, Tyson was sentenced to six years in prison for rape, serving three years behind bars.
Tyson also notoriously bit off a chunk of boxer Evander Holyfield´s ear in a 1997 match.The heavyweight champion has in recent years worked to clean up his image, appearing in comedy films like The Hangover. (UNI)