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

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Professor Brian Cox is back on our TV screens next month and has spoken on what he thinks is the biggest threat to civilisation – humans.

Read more

Motorists want young drivers to carry fewer passengers, to only drive on motorways when experienced and to display a ‘newbie’ sign.

Read more

Global wildlife under threat as population halves in 40 years.

Read more

Promotions

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

Dojo gives you hand picked recommendations for events, places and activities in London

Tired of always hearing about some amazing event in London after its gone, missing out on the best activities? That’s where Dojo comes in.

Advanced running and training technology for beginners up to elite athletes

If you’re thinking of adding running treadmill to your fitness routine, you’re on the right track! There are several advantages to running on a treadmill versus running outdoors.

We need to talk about that extraordinary face fuzz.

Alan Pardew’s time at Newcastle is best described with the word “inconsistent”, we’ve taken a look at some of the key moments.

A round up of the day’s Ryder Cup action that may not necessarily leave you knowing any more at the end than when you clicked it.

Match Reports

TOP STORIES