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Tyson Might Be Barred From Britain

January 11, 2000

LONDON (AP) _ Mike Tyson might not be allowed into England for his Jan. 29 fight against Julius Francis because of his 1992 rape conviction.

British immigration officials said today that anyone convicted of a crime carrying a jail term of at least a year could be barred from the country.

The former heavyweight champion served half his six-year sentence. The only way he could enter the country would be on ``compassionate grounds,″ a Home Office spokesman said.

Tyson is to fly to Britain in a week or so to prepare for his fight in Manchester against the British heavyweight champion.

Tyson’s last fight, against Orlin Norris in October, was declared a no-contest. Tyson delivered a blow just after the bell to end the first round. Norris injured his knee when he fell and was unable to continue.

The Jan. 29 fight is a sellout in the 21,000-seat MEN Arena. Promoter Frank Warren said no one raised possible immigration problems when the fight was announced last month.

``Mike Tyson is coming over here to fight and then go home,″ Warren said. ``He’s not here to do anything else and he’s not going to be a danger to anyone apart from the man he’s going to fight in the ring.″

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