JERSEY CITY, NJ - Former heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson returned to the Ringside Bar and Lounge on Tonnelle Avenue this week where he was met by Mayor Steven Fulop.

Over the last decade, the former boxing champ has become a mentor for youth, seeking to steer kids away from drug use and addiction.

The self-proclaimed “Baddest Man on the Planet," has reinvented himself, a trimmer version of the fighter he once was. Tyson, who lost a fortune to addiction, has spoken at several events to help youth to not make the mistakes he’s made in his life.

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In fact, Tyson, at 54, is known for raising racing pigeons in cages on the roof of the bar, a free-standing structure proudly displaying the name of this pigeon hotel as "Tyson's Corner."

“I love that whenever he is in the New York area, his location of choice to hang out is Jersey City,” said Fulop.

Tyson posed for pictures with Fulop and Councilman Yousef Saleh.

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