Mike Tyson has said he smoked weed right before his exhibition fight against Roy Jones Jr.
The 54-year-old ended up drawing against his 51-year-old opponent at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and luckily (for Tyson, anyway), drug testing for marijuana wasn’t a thing.
Speaking to Bad Left Hook, the boxer said: “I smoked every day, I never stopped smoking,” then when he was asked whether he smoked before the fight, he added: “Absolutely, yes.”
He went on to say: “It’s just who I am, it has no effect on me from a negative standpoint. It’s just what I do, what I am, and how I’m gonna die. There’s no explanation, there’s no beginning, there’s no end.”
Then, when he was asked whether the weed numbs any pain from taking punches, he replied: “No, it just numbs me, it doesn’t numb the pain.”
While Tyson was training like a man possessed prior to the fight, he has also been busy running his highly-successful cannabis company Tyson Holistic Holdings. On top of that, his personal ranch – Tyson Ranch – seems to have taken off since its launch.
It’s safe to say that the ageing warrior-turned-marijuana farmer likes to indulge in some recreational drug use here and there.
If you’ve ever listened to his podcast – conveniently-named the ‘Hotboxin’ Podcast’ – you’ll know Tyson gets through a lot of weed… $40,000 (£30,000) a month, by his own estimates.
His co-host, Eben Britton revealed that they go through around 10 tons a month, which, again, is a huge amount of weed.
In the podcast, he also explained his ranch is selling about $500,000 (£375,000) a month worth of weed to dispensaries in California, so it’s not too bad that they’re taking a cut of that for themselves.
Tyson was excited for his 407-acre ranch in Southern California to be home to a whole host of tourism attractions, including a huge lazy river and the Kind Music Festival, which he and his business partner Rob Hickman describe as ‘the Lollapalooza of cannabis’.
Earlier this year, Tyson was one of the many people celebrating 4/20 and marked the occasion by doing an interview high.
“This is the start of a revolution that’s been going on for 30 or 40 years.”