Thirteen-year-old Dharavi resident Humera Sheikh had never heard of boxing legend Mike Tyson before his entry in Mumbai on his first ever visit to India.
On Saturday afternoon, Humera was informed by her teachers that Tyson would be visiting her school, the Kala Killa Marathi School in Dharavi.
She may not have been his fan or seen Tyson’s famous fights including the controversial ear-biting bout against Evander Holyfield, but Humera was still excited to catch a glimpse of the superstar from the US, someone her teachers had been talking about for the entire day.
And boy didn’t Tyson live up to that hype.
On Saturday, Tyson – who labelled himself a ‘slumdog’ a day before – made a point to drop by Dharavi, one of the biggest slums of Asia.
Meena Nalavade, the headmistress of the school, couldn’t hide her joy of witnessing her hero Tyson.
“Of course, I have seen his fights,” she said. “I really liked him. He was very down to earth. Unfortunately he could not get to speak, but the kids really enjoyed his presence. We had told them about who Tyson was after we came to know about his arrival in the morning,” she added.
Humera, too, was excited about the fact that she got an opportunity to meet Tyson, something she be boasting to her friends and family about. “I am really happy to see him,” she said.
It didn’t matter that a few kids didn’t know who Tyson was at all, but each one of them was happy at seeing a sporting legend in their slums.
“Pata nahi kaun hai, par bahut achcha laga dekh ke unko (Didn’t know who is was but it was a nice to see him),” said Mahesh Palkar.
“He is very happy,” said Mohammed Ali Budhwani, the promoter of Kumite 1 League and the person who managed to bring ‘The Baddest Man on The Planet’ to India.