Mike Tyson's Visa is Pulled After Sponsor Walks Away

Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has had his visa to visit New Zealand cancelled. Tyson was due to visit New Zealand in November to stage his one-man show "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" in Auckland.

Associate Immigration Minister Kate Wilkinson today said the visa had been cancelled after his sponsor withdrew its support. The visa was originally granted on a "finely balanced call" under a special direction following a letter of support from the Life Education Trust which would have been a benefactor for the visit.

Wilkinson said the letter was a significant factor in approving Tyson's application. There was controversy because New Zealand has a strict law which rejects a visa being granted to any individual who was sentenced to five years or longer for a crime. Tyson has a rape conviction and his sentence was six years, although he was out in three.

"Yesterday evening the Life Education Trust contacted my office and asked for that letter to be withdrawn, making it clear that the Trust no longer wants to have any involvement with Mr Tyson's visit.

"Given that the Trust is no longer supporting the event, on balance, I have made the decision to cancel his visa to enter New Zealand for the Day of the Champions event."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Skyhook on 10-03-2012

It's a shame Mike can't come for the show, I was thinking of going. I read his sponsor pulled out because a charity (with ties to the Life Education Trust charity group) didn't want to sponsor Tyson. It was a…

Comment by panicchaser on 10-03-2012

[QUOTE=UglyPug;12573441]LOL @ these posters making excuses. . Everybody's fault but Mike's fault. . He didn't rape that girl! New Zealand just beez raceest n sheet. Mike would have been the best of all time! Mike just wasn't mentally focused! If…

Comment by panicchaser on 10-03-2012

[QUOTE=The Noose;12573254]Did he ever say what exactly he did that was worse than rape? If he says that he did worse things that rape, and tha "it all evens out", then he cant really complain about not being allowed into…

Comment by extant on 10-03-2012

[QUOTE=Ravens Fan;12574085]I believe most of you are missing the point. Because if I am understanding this correctly it has nothing to do with the rape itself and everything to do with the length Mike's prison sentence. He was sentenced to…

Comment by Jeff Da Maori on 10-03-2012

[QUOTE=APBrooklyn;12572520]Damn, now the whole world knows that New zealand is racist as hell...[/QUOTE] When did convicted rapist become a race? [QUOTE=mathed;12572589]Do they have any idea who Iron Mike Tyson is? That man is the most famous boxer on the face…

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