Mike Tyson in Chechnya Pictures

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Published: September 16, 2005

Source: moscowtimes

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Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson
traveled to Chechnya on Thursday to open a Russian national boxing
tournament and said he had prayed for the war, which has been raging in
the republic since 1999, to end.

“I am glad that I am in the Chechen republic that I
have read and heard so much about, and am glad that I am among
Muslims,” Tyson said, opening the event in Chechnya’s second largest
town of Gudermes.

Tyson was a guest of Ramzan Kadyrov, the republic’s powerful first deputy prime minister, who is a boxing enthusiast.

“We have seen on television an unfair war being waged
in the Chechen republic for a long time. We in America prayed for it to
end,” Tyson said.

Channel One television showed Tyson wearing a T-shirt
and walking in a sports stadium under sunny skies to applause and
cheers from a young crowd. Tyson, apparently moved by the reception,
told the crowd, “Salaam Aleikum,” the channel’s news anchor said. The
four-day tournament is being held in memory of Ramzan Kadyrov’s father,
the late Chechen President Akhmad Kadyrov, who was assassinated in May
2004.

Ramzan Kadyrov said he had
invited Tyson in order to create a holiday for young people and show
that peace was returning to Chechnya, Interfax reported.

Kadyrov called Tyson by his Muslim name, Malik Abdul Aziz, Interfax reported. In Arabic, Malik means “king” and Abdul Aziz means “servant of the mighty”.

Tyson spent several days in Moscow last week and
appeared on a talk show as part of a tour that included stopovers in
Turkey and Ukraine.

Mike Tyson left Chechnya Friday and headed for the neighboring Caucasian Republic of Daghestan, the Chechen president’s spokesman said.

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, right, speaks at the opening ceremony of a boxing tournament held in memory of assassinated Chechen president Akhmad Kadyrov in Gudermes, Chechnya, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005. At left is Chechen President Alu Alkhanov. Mike Tyson on Thursday opened a boxing tournament in Chechnya, becoming the first international celebrity to visit the war-ravaged Russian republic. Other persons are unidentified.

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Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, right, seen at the opening ceremony of a boxing tournament held in memory of assassinated Chechen president Akhmad Kadyrov in Gudermes, Chechnya, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005. Mike Tyson on Thursday opened a boxing tournament in Chechnya, becoming the first international celebrity to visit the war-ravaged Russian republic. Other persons are unidentified.

CHECHNYA, RUSSIA. SEPTEMBER 16. Vice-premier of Chechen government Ramzan Kadyrov (R) and other Chechen residents encourage heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson (L) to say a few words prior to the sport show of Russian bikers from the stadium in Gudermes.

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, right, speaks at the opening ceremony of a boxing tournament held in memory of assassinated Chechen president Akhmad Kadyrov in Gudermes, Chechnya, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005. At left is Chechen President Alu Alkhanov. Mike Tyson on Thursday opened a boxing tournament in Chechnya, becoming the first international celebrity to visit the war-ravaged Russian republic. Other persons are unidentified.

The former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson (L) greets a Chechen boy as Chechen Deputy Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov sits next to them in Gudermes, 15 September 2005. Mike Tyson arrived in war-torn republic of Chechnya to take part in a boxing tournament.

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, left, is greeted by a Chechen boy as Deputy Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov, center, looks on during a sports show in Gudermes, Chechnya, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005. Mike Tyson on Thursday opened a boxing tournament in Chechnya, becoming the first international celebrity to visit the war-ravaged Russian republic.

CHECHNYA, RUSSIA. SEPTEMBER 16. Heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson and vice-premier of Chechen government Ramzan Kadyrov (in the centre from left) look on a sport show of Russian bikers from grandstand of the stadium in Gudermes.

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, left, speaks with Deputy Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov during a sports show in Gudermes, Chechnya, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005. Tyson on Thursday opened a boxing tournament in Chechnya, becoming the first international celebrity to visit the war-ravaged Russian republic.

Heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson and first Vice Prime Minister of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov (C, L-R) attend the bike show in Gudermes.

Chechen policemen stand next to a huge poster showing the former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson (R) shaking hands with Chechen Deputy Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov in Gudermes, 15 September 2005. Mike Tyson arrived in war-torn republic of Chechnya to take part in a boxing tournament, which is being held in honour of Kadyrov’s assassinated father, Akhmad Khadyrov, who has been elevated to hero status by the authorities since his death in May last year.

irst deputy chairman of the administration of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov (left) and former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson (center) at the All-Russia Boxing Tournament in Memory of First President of Chechnya Akhmat Kadyrov.

Mike Tyson in Moscow

Mike Tyson (right) with Chechen Presidnet Alu Alkhanov

Mike Tyson in Moscow