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Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson trains during a workout session Wednesday, Aug. 2, l995, at the MGM Grand Gardens in Las Vegas. Tyson will fight heavyweight contender Peter McNeeley Aug. 19 in his first fight in over four years. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon)
Mike Tyson arrives during the 2014 Soul Train Awards at the Orleans Arena at The Orleans Hotel & Casino on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Omar Vega/Invision/AP)
Promoter Don King, left, joins boxer Mike Tyson during a Harlem news conference Tuesday, June 20, 1995, in New York. Tyson came home to a festive hero's welcome after three years in prison, basking in the cheers of a sweltering crowd and shielded from questions about his rape of a beauty queen. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson walks around the training area during workout Wednesday, Aug. 2, l995, at the MGM Grand Gardens in Las Vegas. Tyson jumped rope and hit bags in a 47-minute workout that marked the first time those outside Tyson's inner circle had seen him in training since he was released from prison in March. According to one of his trainers, Tyson now weighs 218 pounds, but they want him to gain a pound or two before fighting Peter McNeeley on Aug. 19. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon)
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson punches a bag during workout Wednesday, Aug. 2, l995, at the MGM Grand Gardens in Las Vegas. Tyson will fight heavyweight contender Peter McNeeley Aug. 19, 1995, in his first fight in over four years. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon)
Mike Tyson stands over Peter McNeeley as referee Mills Lane just before he stopped the fight midway through the first round at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Saturday night, Aug. 19, 1995. Tyson won on TKO. (AP Photo/Jim Laurie)
Mike Tyson throw a punch at Peter McNeeley during their bout Saturday night, Aug. 19, 1995 in Las Vegas. Tyson came back in a fast and furious but unsatisfactory performance that was no fault of his by beating Peter McNeeley in the first round Saturday night at the MGM Grand Arena. After McNeeley got up from a second knockdown, his manager, Vinnie Vecchione, jumped into the ring and stopped the fight after just 89 seconds. (AP Photo/Eric Draper)
Mike Tyson lands a right hook to the chin of Frank Bruno at the MGM Grand Gardens in Las Vegas, Saturday, March 16, 1996. Tyson won the WBC belt from Bruno with a knockout in the third round.(AP Photo/Jim Laurie)
Mike Tyson, left, and boxing promoter Don King celebrate Tyson's victory over Buster Mathis Jr. after Tyson knocked out Mathis in the third round of their heavyweight elimination bout at the Spectrum in Philadelphia Saturday Dec. 16, 1995. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)
Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield battle during their WBA Heavyweight Championship bout at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nev., Saturday, Nov. 9, 1996. (AP Photo/ Mark J. Terrill)
Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield battle during their WBA Heavyweight Championship bout at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nev., Saturday, Nov. 9, 1996. (AP Photo/ Mark J. Terrill)
Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson works out Wednesday, Dec. 23, l998, in Phoenix, in preparation for his upcoming fight.This is Tysons' first fight since having his license suspended. (AP Photo/Ken Levine)
Francois Botha, right, of South Africa, gets tied up with Mike Tyson of New York, as referee Richard Steele attempts to break the two apart during their Heavyweight bout at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Saturday, Jan. 16, 1999. Tyson won the bout by way of knockout in the 5th round. (AP Photo/Eric Draper)
Francois Botha, right, of South Africa, throws a right hook as MikeTyson, of Catskill, N.Y., cocks back to retaliate during their Heavyweight bout at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Saturday, Jan. 16, 1999. Tyson won the bout by way of knockout in the 5th round. (AP Photo/Eric Draper)
Mike Tyson sticks out his tongue during a news conference after his Heavyweight bout against Francois Botha of South Africa at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, Saturday, Jan. 16, 1999. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Watch a short biography video of Mike Tyson, who's famous for his relationship with Robin Givens and for biting Evander Holyfield's ear during a boxing rematch.
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson poses for photographers after training in his central London hotel Tuesday, January 25, 2000. Tyson is in London preparing for his fight against Britian's Julius Francis which will be held on Saturday, January 29, in Manchester. (AP Photo/Adam Butler)
Mike Tyson of the United States stands over his opponent, Britain's Julius Francis, after another knockdown prior to stopping him in the second round of their heavyweight boxing match in the MEN Arena in Manchester Saturday, January 29, 2000. (AP Photo/Adam Butler)
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson shouts in self motivation as he prepares for training in his central London hotel Tuesday, January 25, 2000. Tyson is in London preparing for his fight against Britain's Julius Francis, which will be held on Saturday, January 29, in Manchester. (AP Photo/Adam Butler)
Boxer Mike Tyson threatens members of the media after a brawl broke out on stage during a press conference announcing an upcoming April 6 fight between heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and Tyson Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Mike Tyson, left, and Lennox Lewis mix it up in the fourth round of their heavyweight championship fight at The Pyramid in Memphis, Tenn., Saturday, June 8, 2002. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson walks away as referee Bill Clancy counts out Clifford Etienne, in the first round of their fight, Saturday night Feb. 22, 2003, in Memphis, Tenn. Tyson won on a KO. (AP Photo/Alan Spearman)
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has the sweat wiped away by his manager Shelly Finkle, left, after Tyson knocked out Clifford Etienne in the first round on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003 in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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(GERMANY OUT) Der Schwergewichtsboxer Mike Tyson beim offiziellen Wiegen vor einem Wettkampf. Eine Tätowierung auf dem rechten Arm zeigt Mao-Tse-Tung. Aufgenommen Juli 1996. (Photo by Nagel - Sportbild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
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By ROB GILLIES

TORONTO (AP) - Mike Tyson directed an expletive-filled rant at a Canadian television anchor in a live interview Wednesday after the host brought up the former heavyweight champion's conviction for sexual assault.

CP24 news anchor Nathan Downer asked Tyson about his meeting with Toronto's scandal-plagued Mayor Rob Ford, who recently returned to work after a rehab stint. Ford is seeking re-election.

Downer asked: "Some of your critics would say, 'There's a race for mayor. We know you're a convicted rapist. This could hurt his campaign.' How would respond to that?"

Tyson calls Downer negative before saying, "It's so interesting, you come off like a nice guy," then insulting the anchor with a string of profanity.

Downer then puts up his hands and says "Hey, come on. We're doing live TV now."

Tyson responds: "I don't care. What are you going to do about it?"

Downer then asks Tyson about his one-man show "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth." Tyson appeared on CP24 with the Canadian promoter of the show.

Tyson tells Downer the show it "speaks for itself" before the promoter talks about it.

Downer then asks Tyson if it is more nerve-wracking appearing on stage than boxing.

Tyson responds that it's more nerve-wracking appearing on the news show before insulting him again.

"Come on, Mike," Downer responds.

Tyson insults him again before Downer wraps up the interview and thanks Tyson for coming as Tyson swears at him.

Tyson served three years of a six-year sentence in the 1990s for raping a teenage beauty-pageant contestant.

In a tweet after the incident, Downer said it was unfortunate his question hurt Tyson's feelings and that it wasn't his intention.

"I'm okay everybody," Downer tweeted.

Downer apologized for the language and followed that up with another tweet.

"No ill will toward Mike Tyson. He lashed out at me and that's okay. Not taking it personally."

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