Mike Tyson disheartened by UK ban, hopes for future re-entry
After being forced to switch his British commitments to Paris this week, ex-world champion Mike Tyson has spoken of his disappointment over UK Immigration’s decision to block his entry into the country.
Due to a change in the law last year, Tyson, 47, was denied access to the United Kingdom to fulfil several scheduled appointments and book signings, which have meant arranging the filming of remaining TV appearances and other commitments in France.
Once the most feared boxer on the planet, Tyson’s chequered past has only recently been acted upon by the politicians after years of visits by the American, who still hopes to return at some point in the future.
“I was greatly disappointed when I learned of United Kingdom’s immigration law changes that went into effect December 2012,” Tyson told World Boxing News.
“I have been coming to the UK consistently in the past decade so this change is disheartening since it effects my current entry standing.
“I apologize to my fans that were inconvenienced, however, please know I am currently working diligently with the proper authorities to regain access in the near future.
“I am currently stationed in Paris attending to press that was scheduled for my visit this week in London and I am very much looking forward to talking about my book – The Undisputed Truth.
“I am very appreciative of the British press for being so accommodating in the interim as I have a great deal of respect for the laws of the United Kingdom and will continue taking the proper steps for re-entry.”
One of Britain’s favourite boxing sons, Ricky Hatton was due to appear with Tyson on Thursday for ‘The Clare Balding Show’ to be shown on BT Sport this weekend, although WBN have learned that the filming will now take place across the Channel.
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