Mike Tyson successfully launched his Legends Only League over the weekend.
The exhibition match against Roy Jones, Jr. went a full 8 rounds but right before, Tyson lit up a joint.
He revealed that he medicated during the post-fight press conference.
“Absolutely, yes. 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 and Jones fought to a draw in an exhibition super fight at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The fight was scored by three former WBC champions.
Prominently, Weedmaps was a heavy sponsor of the event and rap artists, Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg smoked weed openly during their respective performances.
Wiz Khalifa puffin’ a J and performing “Young, Wild & Free” at the Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. fight 🍃 pic.twitter.com/vsnCFSGkRg
— XXL Magazine (@XXL) November 30, 2020
After the bout, Tyson said he smoked again, apparently before he met with the media for the post-fight presser.
Fortunately for Tyson, an exhibition bout provides some leeway with the State Athletic Commission.
The Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) tested the fighters for performance-enhancing drugs before the fight. Luckily, marijuana was absent from the list of banned substances.
“It’s just who I am,” Tyson said. “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.
“It just numbs me,” he said. “It doesn’t numb the pain (from Jones).”
— ESPN Ringside (@ESPNRingside) November 30, 2020
Tyson hosts the popular podcast Hotboxin at his Tyson Ranch marijuana farm in California. He has been a very passionate weed advocate and connoisseur over the years.
With the Legends Only League pioneering a new way to showcase sports and revive aging careers, Tyson is placing marijuana in the mix to fully live his truths.