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Mike Tyson Admits That Smoked Grass Before Saturday’s Fight: ‘i Can Not Quit Smoking’

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Mike Tyson returned to the boxing ring Saturday night for an exhibition bout. Tyson, who’s now 54, said he smoked marijuana before the eight-round fight that ended in a split decision with Roy Jones Jr.

Tyson was asked about smoking marijuana before the match.

“Absolutely, yes,” Tyson said, according to USA Today.

He even smoked another before meeting with the press corps at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the report stated.

Mike Tyson reacts after receiving a split draw against Roy Jones Jr. during Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. presented by Triller at Staples Center on November 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Triller

The boxer known as “Iron Mike” said marijuana helps numb him for fighting, but it doesn’t help with pain from body blows.

“It just numbs me,” Tyson said. “It doesn’t numb the pain.”

The fight between Tyson and Jones was the inaugural event to kickstart the “Frontline Battle” series, which is produced by Legends Only League. The fight was eligible for the new WBC Frontline Battle Belt.

Tyson looked fit and trim, donning his black trunks and landing hard shots to Jones, who looked rather sleek and flashy himself. Jones he kept Tyson tied up most of the night. The fight, scored by three former WBC champions, was a draw.

Each boxer was said to have received $10 million for the fight. Tyson, who once was worth an estimated $685 million, said he will not waste away the money like he did in his past.

“I’m here for a purpose,” Tyson said. “I’m not here for my ego. My ego is taking the money, buying some planes, some nice houses packing up a bunch of chicks and have some orgies and stuff. This is not who that is right now. That guy was just somebody that had to be, eventually he was a platform to become me.”

He said the new “me” is someone who cares deeply for his family, his clothes, his pigeons and his weed. He cares so deeply about the last that he formed his own cannabis company, Tyson Ranch, in 2017.

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