"In America, Russians do not have a reputation for being sensitive," Tyson said, speaking to reporters at the Uralets Sports Complex on the sidelines of the Russian Cagefighting Championship event.
"As I have travelled all over the country of Russia I have realized that the people are very sensitive and kind. But most Americans do not have any experience of that," the boxing legend added.
Tyson also assured fans that he has no desire to fight anymore. "I fought enough people. When I see people fighting now I do not miss it at all. I'm not interested in that, I just like looking after and hanging out with my kids."
- Boxer Mike Tyson during a visit to the RMK martial arts academy under construction in Ekaterinburg© Sputnik / Pavel Lisitsyn
- Boxers Mike Tyson, left, and Kostya Tszyu during an open boxing masterclass at the DIVS palace of team sports, Ekaterinburg© Sputnik / Pavel Lisitsyn
- Boxer Mike Tyson during an open boxing master class at the DIVS palace of team sports, Ekaterinburg© Sputnik / Pavel Lisitsyn
- Participants in an open boxing masterclass given by boxers Mike Tyson and Kostya Tszyu at the DIVS palace of team sports, Ekaterinburg© Sputnik / Pavel Lisitsyn
During his visit, Tyson tried his hand at virtual boxing, handed out autographs, and conducted a boxing masterclass together with Soviet-born professional boxer Kostya Tszyu.
This was Tyson's second visit to Russia in recent months. The boxer participated at the Synergy Global Forum in Moscow late last year.