Mike Tyson gave a bizarre reason for his renewed interest in boxing. He claims he tripped on the psychedelic drug DMT and got a burst of inspiration. Now he’s getting back in shape and stepping back into the ring again. Does he still have that fire?
Mike Tyson still swinging
Mike Tyson, now 54, said he was under the influence of a drug called “toad venom” when he decided he wanted to get back in shape and lace up the boxing gloves again. “I took the medicine and the medicine told me to get into shape,’’ Tyson said during an interview on the day of the official weigh-in. “It really blew my mind. It told me to come back and start getting in shape.’’ Toad venom is slang for the drug Dimethyltryptamine (DMT). The drug can induce vivid hallucinations.
Mike Tyson was the undisputed heavyweight boxing champion of the world from 1987 – 1990. His fight against Roy Jones Jr on Sunday was his first in 15 years. Jones expected Tyson to be a formidable opponent despite his time away from the gym
. “He’s been out 15 years and he knows what it’s like to miss boxing,’’ Jones said. “He realizes what he had and he’s seeking to get that back now. Now he has a desire to want to come out and be who he once was and do what he could once do.’’ Roy Jones Jr. is a four-time champion in four weight classes.
Tyson said he was tired of being “fat Mike” so he dropped 100 pounds during his training regiment, starting with just 15 minutes a day on a treadmill then working his way up.
Tyson said his first day of heavy sparring was disastrous, but he loved every minute of it. “During that session of boxing when I was getting shellacked, never once did I say, ‘What the f–k am I doing here?’ I said, ‘Woo, I belong here.’”
The champ is back
Tyson and Jones fought to an eight round draw and both emerged smiling. “This is better than fighting for championships,” Tyson said of the heavyweight exhibition, which raised money for various charities.
“We’re humanitarians now. We can do something good for the world. We’ve got to do this again.” Some people claimed Tyson was stepping back in the ring due to financial troubles, but this is nonsense.
Not only does Mike Tyson have a hit podcast called “Hotboxin with Mike,” he reportedly rakes in a fortune from his own marijuana farm Tyson Ranch.
Life is good for the champ. Now he’s just looking to get back in shape and raise money for charity. But he’s not giving up his daily weed habit.
“I like my pigeons and my fancy clothes, other than that, I don’t want anything out of life,” Tyson told reporters. “And of course my children and my wife. My pigeons and my clothes. And my joint.” Tyson also claims he smoked a joint before his fight with Jones, just to take the edge off.
“I can’t stop smoking, I just have to smoke, I’m sorry, I’m a smoker. I smoke every day, I never stop smoking. It’s just who I am. It has no effect on me from a negative standpoint. It’s just what I do and who I am and how I’m gonna die.”