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By Alexander Baron     Dec 11, 2013 in Sports
London - The life and hard times of Michael Gerard Tyson have just got even harder as he has been banned from entering the United Kingdom.
As reported here last month, Mike Tyson was due in the UK to give a talk/show/whatever. That lucrative appointment has now been cancelled as he has been banned from entering the UK. The BBC was if not the first then one of the first media outlets to report this. Tyson will now carry out his promotional obligations in Paris.
Tyson has been banned by dint of his rape conviction. This did not prevent him entering the country before, but the law has now been changed.
When he was still fighting, Tyson appeared in the UK twice, both times after his (first) release from prison. The second time was a disappointing first round stoppage of fellow American Lou Savarese in Glasgow on June 24, 2000. The first time was earlier the same year when he took on the domestic fighter Julius Francis at Manchester. Francis certainly came to fight, but he was outgunned and stopped in two rounds. The real fight though was outside the ring.
Home Secretary Jack Straw came under pressure from both politicians and "women's" groups to prevent his entering the country, but did not cave in. Tyson has also had other appearances cancelled, including the entire New Zealand leg of a tour.
This is a controversial area; even a convicted rapist should be allowed to make a living, and if people are dumb enough to shell out money to hear him speak or buy his book, that is their concern.
Few if any appear to be suggesting he is a danger to women, but the principal argument appears to be that he will somehow glamourise rape if given a platform. Whether or not that is the case, Britain can survive without Mike Tyson, as has boxing, just in case anyone didn't notice.
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