Former heavyweight champ opens up about the hardest puncher he ever faced and the time he got mauled by one of his pet lions.
The one-time undisputed king of heavyweight boxing, who traded the ring for the greener pastures of his sprawling cannabis farm/resort, sat down with Snoop Dogg this week to chew the fat. Mike Tyson and the rap artist’s joint interest in marijuana came up once or twice, naturally.
Appearing on the latest episode of Snoop’s GGN — entitled GGN Heavyweight Championship Lungs with Mike Tyson and Snoop Dogg — the former boxer settled in with a big joint before talking business with Snoop, a fellow cannabis entrepreneur. Tyson wanted to know if the rap pioneer was ready for how his own company is going to take off once the U.S. finally legalizes marijuana federally.
“You ever think how life is going to be once your product really hits?” Tyson asked, according to Merry Jane. “That’s gonna be a really different life for you.”
“It’s gonna be like Seagram’s,” Snoop said of his cannabis company, Leafs by Snoop. “Marlboro. Brands of that nature. I think I’m gonna pass it down to my grandkids. I’m a grandfather now. I wanna make sure my grandkids and generations after me don’t have to struggle like I did,” he said.
“I just want to leave something for them foundation-wise that can outlive me,” he added.
Tyson, who once claimed that he smokes US$40,000 worth of weed a month on his Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson podcast, can surely relate. The boxing legend also wants to turn his California ranch into “the Lollapalooza of Cannabis,” complete with a music festival, lazy river and video game arena.
“I thought about how much good I could do by helping people with cannabis. It was a no-brainer,” Tyson told Cannabis & Tech Today. “I’ve been fighting for over 20 years, and my body has a lot of wear and tear. I had two surgeries and I used marijuana to calm my nerves, and it would take the pain away. But before, they had me on those opiates, and those opiates had me all screwed up,” he said.
Cannabis has helped Tyson find balance as he reflected on a long career in the public eye with Snoop. He said Muhammad Ali was the greatest fighter he ever saw, according to the Bro Bible, but no one hit harder than Lennox Lewis — “He’s a monster,” Tyson said.
That said, the encounter couldn’t have been worse than the mauling the former boxer received from one of his lions when he tried to give it a tetanus shot himself, rather than letting authorities know he was keeping the animals as pets. The lion “bit the shit out him” and forced Tyson to get eight stitches.
Life is a much more mellow place for Tyson these days, though, as the former champ made clear when Snoop asked about his sex life. “Listen, at one time in my life, that was all I ever thought about,” he said. “I don’t think about it as much now. I’m not as good as I used to be.”
At least he’ll always have his marijuana.
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Written by David Yasvinski