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Mike Tyson To Hit New Zealand, Could Face Rejection

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson is planning to visit New Zealand later this year, but he could be blocked from entering the country due to a previous rape conviction.

Tyson will "peel back layers of tragedy and public turmoil while unfolding his tale of triumph and survival" when he speaks at the Day of Champions on November 15 in Auckland, the event's official website says.

"He will openly discuss his greatest victories and controversies both in and out of the ring."

Other motivational speakers and business people will speak at the event which will also be held in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

A statement from Immigration New Zealand says Tyson will have to apply for a visa to enter New Zealand and disclose any past convictions.

"There is never a guarantee that any visa application will be approved," the statement said.

"All visa applications are considered on their individual circumstances and against immigration instructions, including requirements to be of good character."

The Immigration Act 2009 allows for discretion to be exercised in certain circumstances.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MASTER1454 on 08-29-2012

Fcuk New Zealand!

Comment by zcm on 08-29-2012

[QUOTE=the larryx;12461217]Yes it is,just wondering since they might not let Mike in over something that happened 2 decades ago do they kick out their own aswell[/QUOTE] You can't kick some one out that's was born in that country, however if…

Comment by elfag on 08-29-2012

[QUOTE=ElBossHogg;12460670]Discretion will be exercised. This is not even news, nor directly boxing related. But I guess..//[/QUOTE] Funny, if someone made a thread about this in NSB, it would be deleted for not being boxing related. But since its an article....

Comment by Jeff Da Maori on 08-29-2012

[QUOTE=the larryx;12460952]So if you rape someone in New Zealand,will you be kicked out?[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=horaceharter;12461024]New Zealanders should be proud that their government will ban a convicted rapist drug addict alcoholic serial abuser and violent felon thug Mike Tyson. No county should…

Comment by horaceharter on 08-29-2012

Mike Tyson should not be welcome in any civilized country. why is Mike Tyson even merit a boxing article????

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