Tyson fights for Visa

Former fighter battles with New Zealand

Published On: Oct 06 2012 11:19:11 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 06 2012 11:34:12 AM EDT
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LONDON -

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."