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Mike Tyson apologises for his actions towards Don King at Hall of Fame ceremony

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Mike Tyson found himself in controversy once again over the weekend, after throwing water over his former promoter Don King at an IBF Hall of Fame induction event on Saturday evening.

The annual induction event is intended to honour those who have contributed greatly to the sport of boxing.

This year’s inductees included legendary Ukrainian heavyweight Vitali Klitschko, and American sports broadcaster Jim Gray.

Former boxers Erik Morales, Ronald Wright, and Sid Terris were also inducted, but their big day was somewhat overshadowed by the incident between Tyson and King.

The 51-year-old later expressed regret at his actions, stating that he “was being immature and shouldn’t have done it”, but took issue to the fact that King approached him “like he was his friend”.

King is yet to comment on the incident.

The ill feelings between the two go back decades, with Tyson having filed a $100 million lawsuit against King in 1998, alleging that the promoter had cheated him out of millions.

The incident may not come as a surprise, with both men having led careers mired in controversy.

Tyson spent time in jail before his infamous pair of fights against Evander Holyfield, after which he had his boxing license revoked for a year for biting his opponent’s ear during the second bout.

King rose to prominence promoting Muhammad Ali’s “Rumble in the Jungle” and “Thrilla in Manila” fights, but soon found himself on the receiving end of a string of civil lawsuits – like that of Tyson – to add to his prior manslaughter conviction, for which he was later pardoned.

Tyson’s professional boxing career came to an end in 2005 with a lacklustre defeat to journeyman Kevin McBride.

Since then, he’s taken on various roles in film and TV – most notably playing himself in 'The Hangover', as well as the occasional foray back into the ring for exhibition bouts.

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