London, Dec 16 (ANI): Mike Tyson has been forced to issue a statement denying false claims that he had a sex-change operation.
The spoof story "Mike Tyson sex change operation a 'complete success', say surgeons," was published on the African news site, SpyGhana, in late November and went viral soon after.
"I am still a man and I have always been fully in touch with my masculinity and have no intention of becoming a woman," the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.
"The claims are not only untrue but unbelievably stupid. I was at the Pacquiao-Marquez fight on Saturday and any reasonable person could tell I was looking like a man," he said.
One of the quotes attributed to Tyson in the false sex-change story reads: "Some people might think it strange that I'm now a woman. But even at the height of my career, when pound for pound I was regarded as the best fighter in the world, I never lost touch with my feminine side and knew that one day I would grow breasts and have a vagina."
The original spoof story claimed that Tyson wanted to replace his long-standing nickname of "Iron Mike" with "Iron Maiden" and changed his name from Mike to Michelle following a 16-hour sex-change operation. (ANI)