Government backs immigration rules over Mike Tyson ban

The government has defended immigration rules after it emerged former boxing champion Mike Tyson was banned from entering the UK because he served a jail sentence for rape.

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Former boxing champion Mike Tyson banned from UK

Former world heavyweight boxing champion and convicted rapist Mike Tyson has discovered he is banned from entering the UK.

Mike Tyson has discovered he is banned from the UK. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive

The 47-year-old has cancelled a string of appearances in London as part of a promotional tour for his new book after finding out he was banned from Britain.

His publishers said recent changes to UK immigration rules, including any person sentenced to more than four years in prison being banned from Britain, meant he was unable to travel.

Tweets posted on Tyson's official Twitter account as recently as Friday suggest the boxer was unaware he would be hit by the changes. He wrote: "So, UK fans, who is brave enough to get in the ring and ask me a question?"

Tyson will now promote his autobiography Undisputed Truth in Paris.

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