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Mike Tyson pays respects to Mao

BBC | April 3 2006

Former world champion heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson has spoken of feeling humbled during a visit to the mausoleum of Mao Zedong in Beijing.

"I felt really insignificant next to Chairman Mao's remains," he was quoted by a Chinese daily as saying.

Tyson apparently read some of the late Chinese leader's writings while in prison for rape in the 1990s.

Emerging from the mausoleum, he shouted "I love you" to Chinese onlookers.

He told the Beijing News that the visit had been a great honour.

The former champion, 39, was in the Chinese capital after a visit to Shanghai where he promoted a new night club.

One of his trademarks during his boxing career was an arm tattoo of the communist dictator.

Mike Tyson became the youngest champion in heavyweight history when he took the title aged 20 in 1986.

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