Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Sept 29 (ANI): Former American boxing heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, who is on his maiden visit to India, has said that poor people are the ones who become “most successful fighters.” Also Read - Coronavirus: Maharashtra's COVID-19 Death Toll Rises to 8, Positive Cases Cross 200

“I think the poorer you are, the better boxer you are. People in slums are the guys that will become the most successful fighters. All fighters who come from slums are successful. All current top fighters are from slums,” Tyson said while addressing a press conference on Friday. Also Read - Lockdown: Maharashtra Govt to Take Care of Migrant Workers, Provide Them Basic Necessities

Tyson’s statement comes after inaugurating the Kumite 1 League at the National Sports Club of India in Worli. The first global team Mixed Martial Arts league will start today with India and United Arab Emirates (UAE) match. Also Read - Watch | Maharashtra Cop Sings 'Zindagi Maut Na' To Persuade People to Stay at Home, Video Goes Viral

“I grew up in a slum. I had the ambition to get out of the slums and that’s why I am here,” Tyson added. (ANI)

This is published unedited from the ANI feed.