Mike Tyson refused New Zealand visa for second time

  • Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has been refused a visa to visit New Zealand as part of a series of motivational speeches for the second time.

    The 46-year-old, who served three years of a six-year U.S. jail sentence for rape, needed dispensation under New Zealand immigration laws due to his conviction.

    He was initially granted a visa by Associate Immigration Minister Kate Wilkinson to visit New Zealand. However, that was revoked after a youth charity, which had sponsored his appearance at an Auckland event, revoked its association with him.

    Tyson was convicted for rape in 1992 and served three years in prison. He declared himself bankrupt in 2003 and retired from professional boxing three years later.