Former world heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson was forced to cancel promotional appearances for his new book Undisputed Truth: My Autobiography after being banned from entering the UK.

HarperCollins said it had not been aware of the immigration law changes. Tyson, 47, was convicted of rape in 92, and served three years of a six-year sentence.

Under new 2012 immigration rules, anyone sentenced to more than four years in prison is barred from entering the UK. A spokesman for HarperCollins said: “Mike had to change location to Paris to salvage his press obligations for the UK.” Tyson also tweeted after his appearances were moved: “I want to thank the British press for being so accommodating by doing press in Paris until I am able to gain reentry into the UK.”

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