Mike Tyson to thank UK fans for bringing him back from the brink

London: Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson will on Sunday thank British boxing fans for saving his life.

The convicted rapist was declared bankrupt in 2003, despite earning more than 185-million pounds during his boxing career.

In an interview given to Sun Sport, Tyson admitted: "Three years ago, I was homeless. I needed to keep the wolves from my door and the fans in Britain gave me that. I am so grateful. My most loyal fan base is in Britain. If I had depended on love in the States, I would have starved to death."

Tyson, who has also served time for drug offences and assaulting two motorists, is now carving out a Hollywood movie career after appearing in The Hangover films.

He said: "The Hangover has given me a comeback in America but, in Britain, they loved me for all my flaws before the movies came out. I have a one-man show coming up in Las Vegas called the ``Undisputed Truth``.

"Film of me going to prison will be screened behind me and I will get naked there in front of people. That`s what I call it, being naked with my clothes on. Just telling the truth," Tyson said.

That will include talking about the tragic death of his four-year-old daughter Exodus, who died in 2009 after getting tangled in an exercise treadmill.

Tyson, who has been married thrice and has eight children by several women, said: "My daughter dying changed my life and I met people who dragged me back from the brink. There were ex-Hell`s Angels in my recovery programme who helped me so much.”

"I have survived all that I have been through and it`s left me with such passion for life. When I had all that money I was the most miserable, wretched b*****d around. Now I have got energy and great potential to be a better person," the ex-boxer said.