Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was prevented from entering Chile upon his arrival at Santiago international airport on Thursday for not complying with immigration laws and will be deported to the United States on an upcoming flight, local authorities reported.
“Detectives from #PolcíaInternacional re-embark Mike Tyson for not complying with the Immigration Law,” the Chilean Investigative Police reported on its Twitter account along with a photo of the famous athlete seconded by agency personnel.
“Being convicted or prosecuted for any crime empowers the Investigative Police to prevent entry and it is in this context that Mr. Tyson, upon registering a conviction for various crimes, is prevented from entering the country,” said Natalia Alvarado, PDI official to journalists.
The media former world boxing champion “is waiting to return to the United States, which will happen on a flight close to 9 pm,” he added.
The 51-year-old Tyson – who won his first heavyweight world title at age 20 – marked boxing history for his spectacular performances in the ring and for his problems outside the ring that brought him to justice several times, adding legal records negative consequences that would have led to his deportation in Chile.
In 1997, Tyson was disqualified for biting his compatriot Evander Holyfield’s ear in a match.