- A Few Months Ago, Mike Tyson Made Headlines After Announcing Plans to Expand His Cannabis-Themed Tyson Ranch
- The Former Heavyweight Champ is Back in the News Following Recent Comments Made About Psychedelics on the Joe Rogan Podcast as Well as for His Highly-Anticipated Return to the Ring Against Roy Jones Jr. This November
As guests tend to be with Joe Rogan on his JRE Podcast, Mike Tyson was very candid during their conversation, openly discussing his experiences with two of the most trending psychedelics at the moment: DMT (a.k.a. N, N-Dimethyltryptamine, the active ingredient in Ayahuasca) and 5-MeO-DMT (a.k.a. the psychedelic known as ‘toad’ for being found in at least one toad species, the Sonora Desert toad).
After spending the bulk of his retirement days away from the ring working on business projects such as his cannabis-themed Tyson Ranch, Iron Mike revealed to Rogan how dabbling with psychedelics has motivated him to get back into fighting shape.
“It [psychedelics] got me in shape, it got me this,” stated Tyson. “The first time I did it, it just blew my mind. Then I did it again.”
Iron Mike is Motivated — But Getting into Shape Hasn’t Come Easily
Tyson went on to explain how receiving harsh criticism from people he respects — rather than just casual doubt — has also helped motivate him to get back into fighting shape.
“See, I am not like, you have to say, ‘Mike, man you can’t, this is not going to work out, you can do it,” explained Tyson. Rather, Iron Mike needs someone he respects to lash out against him with doubt: “Get your s*** back, you dumb, fat, lazy mother f****.’ That’s what motivates me. The right person needs to tell it to me.”
If the recent videos circulating on Instagram of Tyson training are any indication, the ageless former champ hasn’t lost a step. He’s still lightning-fast, with unbelievable hand speed, and hasn’t lost his ferocious power.
But getting back into this kind of shape hasn’t been easy for Tyson.
“Getting in shape and getting conditioned are two different animals. They don’t even belong in the same division of working out,” explains Tyson. “Getting in shape is getting able to fit in your clothes. Being in condition is being able to come outside of your soul. You can’t do that automatically. The emotional state to prepare for that is mind-boggling. Let me tell you something about [the first training video]: I did that video, and I was in bed for a week. That was 30 seconds, and I was in bed for a week. That was not funny because it made me realize that this is big boy sh*t.”
Tyson is Ready for the Main Event — Will Look to KO Roy Jones Jr.
All of this training isn’t for nothing! The 54-year old Tyson is set to return to the ring after 15 long years. After much speculation about who he would face, Iron Mike’s much-hyped return will be against Roy Jones Jr. on November 28 in California (pushed back from the original date of September 12).
At 51 years of age, Jones is no spring chicken either, but like Tyson, Jones has also worked himself into great shape for the upcoming bout. The ex- middleweight and light heavyweight champion appears more than ready to lock horns with the former baddest man on the planet.
In a recent Instagram post, Jones said “I’ll never stop! I’ll never truly retire because my mind is always on go!”
With a combined age of 105, the ageing duo will face off in an eight-round battle in California. They’ll wear slightly larger gloves than regular boxing professionals, but they won’t wear head protection. Official judges will score the clash, and a special belt will be awarded to the winner.
Despite the bout initially being billed as something of a friendly clash, things have ramped up with Iron Mike now openly seeking a knock-out.
“He better be ready, I’m coming full force,” warned Tyson. “If the opportunity comes (for a knock-out), I’m always looking for it. This is search and destroy, and I’m looking forward to recapturing my glory.”