FORMER world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson will visit Wirral next month.
The 46-year-old boxing legend, who became notorious after being jailed for rape and biting off Evander Holyfield’s earlobe during a fight, is due to visit Wirral boxing gyms during a trip to Merseyside next month.
Tyson is due to attend a “traditional” Sunday lunch at the Devonshire House Hotel on Edge Lane, Liverpool, on October 7.
Organiser Kenny Rainford said he wanted to also get the boxer over to some gyms in Wirral “to inspire the youngsters”.
But Tory councillors and a Labour MP have criticised plans to bring Tyson to Wirral.
Conservative councillors Steve Williams and Chris Blakeley called for the visit across the water to be stopped.
Cllr Blakeley said: “While I recognise that many in the boxing world see Mike Tyson as a legend, his history both inside and outside the ring hardly substantiate his position as role model to youngsters in the borough.”
Frank Field MP added: “Mike Tyson, I believe, is the worst possible role model. Here is an individual who in no way displays boxing’s values – discipline, self-esteem and respect – outside of the ring.
“We should be inviting our Olympic heroes to Birkenhead instead.”