Former American boxing heavyweight champion Mike Tyson landed in Mumbai in the wee hours of Friday on his maiden visit to India. Accompanied by Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s personal bodyguard Shera, Tyson received a heroic welcome from his desi fans, who gathered at the Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport to welcome the boxing legend.

Pictures and videos of Tyson’s arrival in Mumbai, where he was greeted by loud fans, have been shared by many people on social media.

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Tyson has arrived in India to inaugurate the Kumite 1 League at the National Sports Club of India in Worli. The first global team Mixed Martial Arts league will start on Saturday with India and United Arab Emirates (UAE) match.  He is scheduled to attend the first fight night of the Kumite 1 League, to be held tomorrow.

The K1 League will see contestants compete in seven different weight classes, i.e. Bantamweight (Max 60kg), Featherweight (Max 65 kg), Lightweight (Max 70 kg), Welterweight (Max 77 kg), Middleweight (Max 85 kg), Light Heavyweight (Max 95 kg), and Heavyweight (Over 95 kg). According to the organisers, the league is supported by the All India Mixed Martial Arts Federation (AIMMAF) and World Kickboxing Federation.

The lone woman fighter in the Indian team, Priyanka Jeet Joshi (27) will take on Fatemah Moselemi of the team UAE.

(With inputs from agencies)