American boxer Mike Tyson is baffled by his feared status and popularity with women - because he sees himself as a ugly dwarf.

The heavyweight admits he has always been self-conscious about his height, and wishes he had inherited his family's taller genes.

He says, "I looked at myself in the mirror the other day and said to myself, 'You're a dwarf.' I measured myself as five feet 10 inches.

"When I think about the women I have slept with, I think to myself, 'These women must go out with anybody if they have got money, because I wouldn't go out with me.

"I'm a f**king dwarf!

"Everyone in my family is 6 feet. What happened to me?

"I'm a tree stump. A fire hydrant. People p**s on fire hydrants, man!"