Mike Tyson has admitted smoking weed right before his exhibition fight against Roy Jones Jr in California.
All this despite the fact that Mike was smoking marijuana just before he got into the ring.
Iron Mike has been open about the fact that he uses weed as part of his daily life. And, in the post-exhibition press conference, he explained that that routine did not change even in the build-up to his contest with Jones.
Iron Mike was then asked if he smoked right before the fight. “Absolutely, yes,” the former undisputed heavyweight champ replied.
“It’s just who I am, it has no effect on me from a negative standpoint,” Tyson added. “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.”
While there was VADA drug testing in the build-up to the event, cannabis – which is legal in California – apparently wasn’t on the banned substance list. Tyson explained that, in his eyes, it is certainly not a performance-enhancing drug.
Asked whether marijuana can numb the pain of taking punches, he replied: “No, it just numbs me, it doesn’t numb the pain.”
So there we go. The devil’s lettuce was something of a theme throughout the event.
Also, a major sponsor of the pay-per-view event in the US was Weedmaps, a tech company serving the legal cannabis industry. Their brand name was painted on the ring, as well as in the locker room and press room.
So Iron Mike certainly isn’t a hypocrite, as he’s practising what the PPV was preaching. Whether his pre-fight reefer impacted on his entertaining post-fight interviews, only the Brooklyn banger can tell us.
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