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New Zealand bars Mike Tyson as tour debacle looms

October 3, 2012 • Entertainment


FILE – In this Sept. 12, 2012 file photo, former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson speaks a press conference at the 19th Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia (CLSA) investors Forum at a hotel in Hong Kong. In a reversal, Mike Tyson has been denied entry to the country whose indigenous Maori people he says inspired his facial tattoo. New Zealand authorities on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 canceled an entry visa for the former heavyweight boxing champion and convicted rapist, days after the prime minister spoke out against his planned visit. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — In a reversal, New Zealand authorities on Wednesday barred Mike Tyson from entering the country whose indigenous Maori people Tyson says inspired his facial tattoo.

And a Downunder speaking tour for the former heavyweight boxing champion was threatening to fall apart altogether as Australian immigration authorities said they’ve yet to decide whether to allow him into that country. Tickets for appearances in New Zealand and five major Australian cities in November are still being promoted by a Sydney agency.

Tyson’s 1992 rape conviction would normally prevent his entry in New Zealand and could be grounds for denial in Australia as Login to read more

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