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Tyson's huge tribute to me.

JOE Egan was a character witness at Mike Tyson's L trial for rape and regards ^ him as one of his close friends.

Tyson was jailed in 1992 and was never I the same fighter J again. Controversy ' followed him in every fight. Egan said: "Tyson is a savage fighter. When that bell goes Make Tyson is as savage a fighter as any man on the planet."

Egan was his sparring partner when Tyson was in his prime.

"I am not ashamed to say he made me cry," he admits. "Mike Tyson is the hardest puncher I ever ever been hit by. I sparred with Tyson and he hurt me a lot of times."

But Joe is tough - the toughest white man on the planet, according to Tyson.

"I am far from that, but it is a lovely compliment to have from the toughest black man on the planet.

"This particular day there were four white sparring partners, which was unusual, and he knocked out the first, then the second then the third. I was the fourth and he did not knock me out - in all the times I sparred with Mike he never put me down - and that's why he said 'Joe Egan is the toughest white man on the planet.'"
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Date:Feb 4, 2006
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