New Zealand locks out Mike Tyson from the country

Mike Tyson 
By: Debbie Gross 

The famous Mike Tyson was blocked from entering New Zealand, after his visa to the country was canceled.

New Zealand canceled the visa of Mike Tyson on Wednesday, because of his rape conviction, claiming that they reversed their prior approval due to a charity that would have benefited from his appearance said that it wants nothing to do with the former heavyweight boxing champion.

Tyson had said he had been looking forward to meeting the indigenous Maori of New Zealand, the inspiration for his notorious facial tattoo. Now, his entire Downunder tour, scheduled for next month, is threatened to unravel. Australian immigration authorities said they have yet to decide whether to let him in.

Tyson's 1992 rape conviction would normally prevent his entry into New Zealand, and may be grounds for denial in Australia too.

The denial of New Zealand, came days after Prime Minister John Key, spoke out against the visit.

Tyson was sentenced to six years in prison for the 1991 rape of an 18-year-old woman, who stayed in an Indianapolis hotel room. He served three years before being paroled.