Former boxing champion Mike Tyson declared himself a “Slumdog” Friday as he made his first journey to India.
The 52-year-old was in Mumbai, house to the slums that impressed Danny Boyle’s 2008 hit film Slumdog Millionaire.
“Essentially the most profitable fighters have come from slums. All the present prime fighters are from the slums,” the controversial heavyweight nice advised reporters.
“I believe the poorer you’re the higher boxer you might be,” he added.
“I’m a slumdog. I grew up in a slum. I had the ambition to get out of the slums and that’s why I’m right here, Tyson mentioned in quotes carried by the Press Belief of India information company.
Round 50 per cent of Mumbai’s inhabitants of 20 million lives in slums.
A lot of them dwell in Dharavi, typically described as Asia’s largest slum and the backdrop to Boyle’s movie.
The title of the film brought on controversy in India with critics claiming that the reference to the canine was derogatory. Boyle insisted no offence was meant.
Tyson, in India to advertise a brand new blended martial arts league, mentioned he deliberate to go to Dharavi.
Tyson is among the most formidable and controversial sportsmen up to now.
In 1986, on the age of 20, he turned the youngest worldwide boxing heavyweight champion in historical past.
He held that title from 1987 to 1990 and achieved 58 victories, together with 44 by knockout.
However his profession was plagued with hassle, together with drug habit and stints in jail for rape.
In 1992, on the age of 25, Tyson was sentenced to 6 years in jail for rape, serving three years behind bars.
Tyson additionally notoriously bit off a bit of boxer Evander Holyfield’s ear in a 1997 match.
The heavyweight champion has in recent times labored to scrub up his picture, showing in comedy movies like The Hangover.
Final 12 months he unveiled plans to launch a boxing health franchise named after himself.