The Poorer You Are, The Better Boxer You Are, Says 'Slum-Dog' Mike Tyson In India

| September 29 , 2018 , 15:17 IST

Former American Boxer and heavyweight champion Mike Tyson on his 1st visit to India revealed that successful boxers, who were once poor, have been mostly raised in slums and he himself is a slum-dog.

It is learnt that Tyson, who holds the record of the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title at 20 years, four months and 22 days old, came to India to inaugurate the Kumite 1 League, India's first global Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) league, on Saturday.

Speaking to media, the American boxer said, "I grew up in a slum. I am a slum-dog. I had the ambition to get out of the slums and that's why I am here. If someone works hard they can get out of the slums."

"I think the poorer you are, the better boxer you are. The most successful fighters have come from slums. All the fighters who come from the slums are successful," the 52-year-old added.

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Responding to who was the most difficult opponent for him, Tyson said, "There were quite a few of them. Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Buster Douglas. They were very good fighters."

On the concept of MMA and joining it, he said, "I don't know. They don't pay a lot of money in MMA. I want to go with the money."

"First thing is (that you have to focus on) training department. That is important," Tyson, also known as 'The Baddest Man on the Planet', said Mike Tyson.

The 52-year-old further added, "You need to get adapted to that and train your mind on how to fight. You need to understand that you are in a fight and you could be hurt if the contact is not right. Most of the fighters now are in their subconscious when in the ring."

When Tyson was asked what in particular he was looking forward to enjoying on his maiden India visit he replied, "I look forward to going to the slums, and the Taj Mahal as well."