Tyson refuses to beg and cower for NZ visa
Mike Tyson, booked to make a motivational speck at the upcoming Day of Champions, is not prepared to beg for his visa if Immigration New Zealand refuse it due to his rape conviction.
The New Zealand Immigration Service has not yet given an answer as to whether Tyson will be refused entry to the country. In 1992 the World Champion heavyweight boxer was sentenced to six years in prison for rape and served three years of his sentence.
Discretion is allowed under New Zealand law, but a person convicted of a crime carrying a prison sentence of more than five years is barred from getting a visa. The boxer was in a belligerent frame of mind when he spoke to New Zealand reporters, saying that he was happy to cancel his appearance as he felt he would be on trial again if he had to beg for a visa.
According to Tyson’s promoter, Max Markson, the boxer is a great promoter, and would have loved telling his story to a New Zealand audience. Mike’s show has been running on Broadway for several weeks, he added, and it would be sad if it couldn’t be told as planned.
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