Boxing: King declares `love' for Tyson

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Don King has promised to stand by the former world champion, Mike Tyson, through what he describes as "a frustrating period."

Tyson, who was banned from boxing after biting a piece out of Evander Holyfield's ear in their world title bout last June, asserted earlier this week that he had severed ties with his long-time promoter King.

The American heavyweight revealed that he had taken control of his own affairs and hired new attorneys and accountants.

"He's always been in control of his own affairs," King said. "I've worked with Mike Tyson and he has controlled his own career. I know he is going through a frustrating period at the moment but I will stand beside him and be there for him. I love Mike Tyson and he knows that."