Mike Tyson has claimed he is going to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

The former heavyweight champion boxer is set to be honoured by the wrestling company this year for his contribution to the sport.

He told TMZ.com: "I am honoured to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. I was the youngest heavyweight champion of all time, but the most fun I ever had in the ring was with WWE."

Tyson's claims may come as a surprise to wrestling fans as he has only ever appeared on WWE programming on a few occasions.


His most famous in-ring appearance came at WrestleMania XIV in 1998 when he acted as a special enforcer in the match between Stone Cold Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels - both of whom are Hall of Fame inductees.

The 45-year-old retired pugilist most recently acted as the guest host of 'Monday Night Raw' last year.

The WWE Hall of Fame ceremony takes place at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, on March 31 the day before WrestleMania XXVIII.

Tyson - who is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame - is not the first non-wrestler to be recognised by the company.

Comedian Drew Carey and former NFL player William 'The Refrigerator' Perry are among the 'celebrity' inductees.