Tyson claims NZ revoking visa not 'fair fight'

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Associated Press

Posted on October 6, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Updated Saturday, Oct 6 at 11:00 AM

LONDON (AP) — Three days after being banned from New Zealand, Mike Tyson has hit back at the decision to revoke his visa because of a rape conviction.

The former heavyweight boxing champion had planned to travel to Auckland in November.

During a visit to London, Tyson maintained on Saturday that "the people wanted me to come. If it was a fair organization, a fair fight I would be there but I got vetoed by the higher power."

Tyson served three years in prison after the 1991 rape of an 18-year-old woman at hotel in Indianapolis.

Tyson says being denied access to New Zealand is "one of those things in life that happens — it's life on life's terms and everyone has to deal with that and those uncertainties."

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