Australia has granted Mike Tyson a visa after he was previously rejected by New Zealand. Tyson is planning on doing a tour of "motivational speaking conferences" in Australia and is fighting to enter New Zealand by sending another visa application. The former boxer still has the support of his Australian promoter Max Markson who has been very involved in getting him the visa.
Tyson Continues to Fight for a Visa to Visit New Zealand
Despite receiving a visa to enter Australia, Mike Tyson also continues to fight for the right to visit New Zealand. He has sent another application after his visa was revoked and hopes it is accepted. The Manukau Urban Maori Authority has agreed to sponsor him in New Zealand, but this does not guarantee a visa from immigration officials.
Tyson's Plans for Australia and Other Events
Mike Tyson's promoter Max Markson has been heavily involved in organizing the former boxer's trips and conferences. Although New Zealand has not granted a new visa, the official tour page still lists the country and includes the dates of Tyson's visits in Nov. 2012. Obviously, Markson still believes that the conferences will be able to continue.
Tyson's Day of the Champions tour is part of his ongoing effort to recreate a different persona. Mike Tyson has announced that he is now a health-conscious vegan who has stopped drinking, has devoted himself to his family and has plans to visit Australia with his wife, kids and mother-in-law. However, the motivational speaking conferences are taking full advantage of his boxing past and offering his autographed merchandise for sale.
Although Max Markson has been promoting the tour, this has not been Mike Tyson's only focus. He has also been encouraging his followers to donate a $1 for his children's charity. The Mike Tyson Cares Foundation was launched on Oct. 6 and promises to provide children with centers that will help them grow. Tyson's new charity has already started an official Twitter and Facebook page with several thousand followers. Its first mission was to host a job fair for women who have suffered from domestic abuse.
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