Boxing legend Mike Tyson says psychadelics made him take up boxing again and he smoked a joint before his exhibition fight with Roy Jones Jr in Los Angeles on 22 November 2020.
Iron Mike, 54, freely admitted using weed to prepare for his eight round bout. Three WBC judges gave the men a tie, but the USA Today Sports put Tyson ahead on points 78-74.
There was no knock-out blow from Tyson, although commentators agreed he was on form. USA Today reported that “Tyson entered the ring with his signature attire — no socks, black trunks and draped with a towel rather than a robe.
Blinked back tears and punched like mad
Inside the ring, before the fight began, Tyson appeared to be blinking back tears. It was clearly an emotional moment as he prepared to fight for the first time in 15 years.
Early on, Tyson resembled his old self, too, charging after Jones and unleashing powerful punches. He nailed 51-year old Jones with several powerful shots. Jones looked hurt in the second round after absorbing another shot to the body.
But after that, Jones frequently kept Tyson in a clinch to help neutralize Tyson’s power — and survive to the final bell.
“The body shots definitely took a toll,” Jones said. “The body shots will make you exhausted.”
Tyson said he enjoyed the fight enormously and was pleased he still had entertainment value.
Tyson Ranch will knock you out
The former heavyweight champ has been in the weed business since 2016 through the Tyson Holistic brand. Tyson has also been planning to open up “Tyson Ranch” in California City, which will have 20 acres of farming for professional marijuana growers, a theater, a supply store, a campground, and a factory for edibles.
One might say he believes in his product. He told Green Entrepreneur Magazine: “Listen, I can’t stop smoking,” he said. “I smoked during fights. I just have to smoke, I’m sorry. I’m a smoker. … I smoke every day. I never stopped smoking. Tyson added: “It’s just who I am. It has no effect on me from a negative standpoint. It’s just what I do and how I am and how I’m going to die. There’s no explanation. “There’s no beginning; there’s no end.”
Psychadelics made me do it
Tyson isn’t only singing marijuana’s praises. He also credits psychedelics for getting him back in the ring in the first place. In an interview with USA Today, Tyson said that during a session with toad venom (or 5-MeO-DMT) he had the realization that he needed to return to fighting.
“I took the medicine, and the medicine told me to get into shape,’’ Tyson said. “It really blew my mind. It told me to come back and start getting in shape.’’