Former boxer to help promote Aids awareness in Africa with pop queen

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Madonna wants boxer Mike Tyson to help her charity work in poverty-stricken Malawi.

The pair struck up their unlikely friendship at the Cannes Film Festival, where they both have documentaries to promote – and are now said to have each other on speed dial.

‘Madonna thinks Mike is amazing and asked if she could have a private screening of his documentary Tyson while she was in the Riviera,’ a source reveals.

‘Mike agreed and, aware that having a celebrity fan will do wonders for his film, he offered to do a favour in return.

‘He has promised to fly with her to Malawi in late summer to promote awareness of children with Aids there.’

It seems Madge – who adopted son David Banda from Malawi in 2006 – has not been put off by Mike’s troubled past, which includes 3 years in prison for rape and drug-taking charges.

‘Mike is eager to show he’s turned over a new leaf,’ the source tells the Daily Mirror.

‘And he thinks this is the perfect way to do it.’