U.S. boxer Mike Tyson denied entry into Chile over criminal history

SANTIAGO – Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was denied entry into Chile due to the boxer’s criminal past.

Tyson was reportedly heading to Chile to take part in a promotional event for a local TV channel. He was instead sent back to the U.S., officials said.

The Investigations Police of Chile said Thursday that Tyson doesn’t meet requirements for entry, apparently due to his criminal background.

The Chilean Police of Investigations also tweeted Interpol agents would escort him onto a flight back to the U.S.

Tyson served three years of a six-year sentence in the 1990s for raping a teenage beauty-pageant contestant. He also has been convicted of assault and cocaine possession.

In 2013, he was forced to scrap promotional appearances in London because the convictions kept him from entering Britain.