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Mike Tyson is in Toronto for a Wednesday night performance of his one-man show Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth.

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Boxing legend Mike Tyson responded with profanities on live TV Wednesday after the anchor referred to him as a "convicted rapist."

Nathan Downer of CP24 was interviewing Tyson a day after the former world heavyweight champion visited Mayor Rob Ford at City Hall and asked whether the meeting would have an impact on Ford's bid for re-election next month.

"Some of your critics would say, you know this is a race for mayor, we know you're a convicted rapist, this could hurt his campaign. How do you respond to that?"

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Tyson reacted by swearing at Downer and continued even after being reminded they were on live TV.

In a tweet sent after the incident, Downer acknowledged his question had hurt Tyson's feelings and said that was not his intention.

He also apologized for the language.

Tyson has a long history of run-ins with the law, including serving three years in prison in Indiana for the 1991 rape of a Miss Black America pageant contestant.

He was in Toronto for a Wednesday night performance of his one-man show Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, his first in Canada.

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