Mike Tyson has revealed the secret behind his performance in his comeback fight with Roy Jones Jr in 2020.
Tyson, 55, hasn’t fought professionally since 2005, when his famous career ended in disappointing fashion with a defeat against Kevin McBride. It meant the former heavyweight world champion retired with a fight record of 50-6-2.
But 18 months ago, ‘Iron Mike’ surprised everyone by stepping up to face Jones, 53, in an eight-round exhibition bout in Los Angeles. And despite their age, the two legends put on an enthralling contest. The pair went the distance, with judges eventually deeming the contest a draw. Afterwards, Tyson received widespread praise for the manner in which he both prepared for and performed in the bout.
And speaking on The Joe Rogan Experience, the 55-year-old has now explained how taking the psychedelic ‘toad venom’ played a big part in his return to the ring. He insisted the substance allowed him to get in the shape he needed to last eight rounds with Jones.
“I did this toad, this DMT stuff and I lost the weight,” he said. “I don’t know what happened, I just said I’m going to do this. I did this toad and I said, you’ve got to do this, you have to do that [and] I lost the weight.”
The American has made no secret of his favouring for alternate substances. He now runs his own cannabis company,and reportedly earns £500,000-per-month through his business that offers premium marijuana strains, edibles and extracts.
And he’s not ruled out boxing again, last year calling out the likes of Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis. He also entered negotiations with Logan Paul, but the prospect of match-up now looks unlikely with the YouTuber having now started a stint in the WWE.
And ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ also claimed his comeback fight was never supposed to be with Jones, but with former American football player-turned MMA star Bob Sapp.
“It started with me fighting Bob Sapp, that was going to be the first fight,” he added. “The fight with Roy Jones was supposed to be with Bob Sapp.
“Roy Jones got involved, other fighters got involved, [Evander] Holyfield got involved and it turned into a fiasco. Jake Paul got involved and that was the birth of Jake Paul.”
That night, Paul beat ex-professional basketball player Nate Robinson on the undercard, and has since gone to rack up a 5-0 record. This month, The Maverick’ publicly called out Tyson, raising the prospect of the two going head-to-head in the future.