Mike Tyson admitted the day before yesterday that he smoked cannabis before and after the fight with Roy Jones Jr., in his historic return to the ring, reported the USA Today Sports. The 54-year-old former world heavyweight champion tied with fellow former champion Roy Jones by judges' decision, and to media outlets who asked if he had smoked cannabis Tyson replied: “Of course I did! It's part of who I am."
Snoop Dogg was the on-call commentator: “This is like two of my uncles fighting at the barbecue,” he reported as he sang and smoked cannabis on live TV.
In a fight in which Mike Tyson showed remarkable physical shape, despite his advanced age for the sport in question, the American admitted, without any problem, to having smoked cannabis immediately before the fight and also after the event, before talking to the journalists.
“Listen, I can't stop smoking. I smoked during the fights, I am a smoker and I smoke every day. I never stopped smoking.” The fight was sponsored by the Californian digital technology company linked to the cannabis industry, 'WeedMaps'.
The Voluntary Anti-Doping Association tested the fighters for drugs, but cannabis was not on the banned substance list.
Tyson said he stopped using cocaine about two and a half years ago and that cannabis helped him through the process. “It's just who I am,” he said. “It has no effect on me from a negative point of view. It's just what I do, how I am and how I'm going to die. There is no explanation. There is no beginning, there is no end. ”
A 40-hectare cannabis ranch: “It was cannabis that pulled me out of the abyss”
The news may come as a surprise to anyone who hasn't been following the former world champion's journey, as Mike Tyson is involved in the cannabis industry, not only as a user, but also as an entrepreneur. 'Tyson Ranch', is the name of the company Mike founded with former NFL player Eben Britton, and which according to the British newspaper 'The Sun', earns about half a million dollars a month, with the sale of therapeutic products. THE famous 'ranch' is located in California's Mojave Desert and has about 40 hectares of cannabis plantation.
It's true that Mike Tyson has a controversial past linked to the world of luxury and drugs, but for the boxing legend it was cannabis that pulled him out of the abyss he was about to fall into. 'Iron Mike' said he managed to get out of his existential crisis with suicidal tendencies thanks to the medicinal properties of cannabis, which is why he became an ambassador for the plant's potential in terms of health.
WeedMaps takes a stand, Snoop Dogg rocks the story
The sponsorship of the company 'WeedMaps' in this fight served to normalize the cannabis industry in people's daily lives, because despite the wide media coverage around the fight and the company itself, with advertising costs of around 50 million dollars , also served as an industry projection. The fight was narrated to the Anglo-Saxon world by rapper and entrepreneur, Snoop Dogg, also one of the biggest representatives of the industry in the entertainment world, and featured exclusive audiovisual content by fellow rapper and entrepreneur, Nas, in which the debate was discussed. on racism and the legalization of cannabis for recreational use.
The magazine Insider says that Snoop Dogg rocked as a commentator on the match: “Snoop Dogg rapped, smoked cannabis on live TV and hilariously commented on the performance of Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr.”. “This is like two uncles of mine fighting over the barbecue,” Snoop Dogg reported.
Juanjo Feijoo, marketing director of 'WeedMaps' spoke about the opportunity that the company had to get involved in the event and the public it hopes to reach with this action, together with former world champions and artists from the great North American square: “ Weedmaps is delighted to be the official sponsor of Mike Tyson's long-awaited return to the ring. We recognize that this is a big moment for the industry at large and through this sponsorship we hope to introduce a new audience to 'Weedmaps' as well as bring attention to some of the important conversations happening around cannabis. This is just one of the many steps we are taking to break stigma, promote social equality and encourage everyone to join us in the fight for change.”
In a fight marked by the excellent physical form presented by Mike Tyson, the superiority of the past was not the main reason for emphasis. Although the boxing world gave Tyson a fair winner, the judges scored a draw at the end of the six rounds, as a way to reward sportsmanship in a friendly title match.
Tyson confessed to reporters at the post-match that daily cannabis use was instrumental in his psychological preparation for combat and his personal life. “It's great to be back in the ring after 15 years and I'm very proud that 'WeedMaps' is sponsoring this remarkable moment in my career. I'm a proud supporter of cannabis legalization, so this partnership with WeedMaps is particularly important to me. This is a significant moment for the cannabis industry, and I am committed to doing my part to fight for change,” the great 'Iron Mike' told reporters.
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