Ex-boxing champion Mike Tyson won’t fight UK ban

12:01 12 December 2013

Former boxer Mike Tyson. Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images

Former boxer Mike Tyson. Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images

2013 Getty Images

Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson will not fight against the decision to deny him entry to the UK, apparently cancelling planned appearances on stage next year.

Tyson, 47, had been due in London this week to promote his new autobiography, but his publishers said he had instead gone to Paris as a recent change to UK immigration laws relating to those previously sentenced to more than four years in prison barred him from entering the country.

Tyson was convicted of the rape of a teenage beauty queen in 1992 and served three years of a six-year sentence. He also has convictions for assault, cocaine possession and driving under the influence.

He is currently booked in for a British tour for his one-man Broadway show, directed by Spike Lee, which is booked for eight nights in March next year in London, Glasgow and Manchester.

However, there seems little prospect of those dates going ahead after Tyson told BBC Sport he would not contest the decision.

“Hey, listen, if that’s what they want I’m not going to fight their laws,” he said.

“I’m not going to fight no law. If that’s what they established then I won’t go there any more.”

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

As of this year, women are being included in menswear runway shows and men in womenswear runway shows. What does this tell us about the industry’s perspective on gender, and which designers are leading the way?

Read more

The actress just needed to find out how she would meet her end in the ITV drama.

Read more

The town has been evacuated until scientists and doctors can work out what’s going on.

Read more

Promoted content

A look at one of our previous Design Fairs

Chelsea Old Town Hall will be the venue for the renowned Desire Fair from 6-8 March 2015. This stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing event where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK is an event not to be missed.

Take our quiz and find out!

A survey conducted last year revealed that Britain is the fourth sexiest country in the world, with the UK sex toy industry worth an estimated £250 million a year.

Don't Miss...

The best players come from just two of the Six Nations’ teams – and they’ll be meeting on March 14.

A case of mistaken identity, Man City blues, and puzzled Newcastle fans.

Which of Tottenham’s many crackers led the way this month?