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Tyson claims New Zealand revoking visa not a 'fair fight'

LONDON -- Three days after being banned from New Zealand, Mike Tyson hit out Saturday at the decision to revoke his visa due to a rape conviction but bizarrely said his life would be "miserable" without its controversies.

The former heavyweight boxing champion was due to travel to Auckland in November before the authorities announced Wednesday that he would be denied entry.

"I just wanted to go down there and just have a show," Tyson said. "Unfortunately that had to happen — it's 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.

"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 in an Indianapolis hotel room.

He insisted Saturday during a visit to London, however, that the negative experiences in his life have shaped his character.

"Anything that I would have got away from, being in prison, having fights, biting (Evander) Holyfield; (the) lack of that, my life would be miserable," Tyson said as he launched a new range of boxing gear.

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