Washington - Former world heavyweight
boxing champion Mike Tyson has stepped into the political ring, firmly backing
Donald Trump in the billionaire tycoon's bid for the White House in 2016.
Tyson issued his endorsement late Monday on
HuffPost Live, saying he would like to see a business-minded commander in chief
after eight years of President Barack Obama.
"He should be president of the United
States, that's what he should be," Tyson said when asked his opinion of
"Let's try something new. Let's run
America like a business, where no colours matter," he added. "Whoever
can do the job, gets the job."
The two celebrity figures have known each
other for decades.
Trump hosted the title bout - all 91
seconds of it - between a victorious Mike Tyson and Michael Spinks in Atlantic
City in 1988. He has also served as a financial advisor for the boxer,
according to the New York Times.
Asked if he was endorsing The Donald, Tyson
did not hesitate.
"I would, yeah. I like Trump," he
Trump seized on the publicity, tweeting
overnight: "Thanks Iron Mike, greatly appreciated!"
Many see the early months of the primary
race as Round 1 in a 12-round title bout that climaxes on election day November
Trump squares off on Wednesday night against
nine Republican rivals in their third nationally televised debate of the