Mike Tyson wins 'Ghirlande D'Honneur'

MILAN, ITALY - JULY 09: Mike Tyson receives the 'Ghirlande D'Honneur' award from Franco Ascani at Just Cavalli Cafe on July 9, 2010 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

Mike Tyson receives the 'Ghirlande D'Honneur' award from Franco Ascani at Just Cavalli Cafe today in Milan, Italy. Cavalli chairs the Fédération Internationale Cinéma Télévision Sportifs and its "Garlands of Honor" is the highest award it hands out. Pele got one. Now...Tyson?

"We decided to reward Mike Tyson because he made a decisive contribution to the popularity of boxing in the eighties through a period of crisis after the withdrawal of Muhammad Ali - says Ascani. Thanks to Iron Mike, people are once again flocking to the stadiums, television networks have achieved high ratings and daily general and large-circulation magazines have given more space to the noble art. And Mike Tyson is still popular around the globe. Yet, he was world champion only for 3 years and 2 months (between 1986 and 1990) and for another 7 months in 1996. A sign that his charisma is independent of the length of his reign at the top heavyweight. And charisma is the factor that distinguishes a simple sample of a great character who leaves a mark in the history of his sport. "

That and Iron Mike probably thought he had won some chocolate.

MILAN, ITALY - JULY 09: Mike Tyson attends a press conference held at Just Cvalle Cafe on July 9, 2010 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

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