Mike Tyson Admits He Smoked Weed Before a Fight with Andrew Golota


“It didn’t affect me, it affected Golota

Mike Tyson at Convention Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey October 16, 1987. (Photo by Jeffrey Asher/ Getty Images)

Boxing legend, Mike Tyson, admitted that be once stepped into the ring high. As a recent phone-in guest on the Dan Patrick Show, the retired boxer briefly chatted with the host about his career, the current state of the sport, and his recent ventures in the cannabis industry. The latter prompted Tyson to touch on his infamous fight against Polish boxer, Andrew Golota, in 2000.

Dan Patrick asked if the famed boxer used cannabis and what his preferred methods of consumption were.

“Do you use weed? Do you smoke or have edibles?” he asked Tyson during the call, “How long have you smoked?”

Not only did Tyson say that he does smoke weed but that he has been doing so for his entire life. He then shared an unsolicited story about the time he stepped into the ring, high as a kite.

“I only did it one time when I was fighting, when I was fighting Golota,” Tyson said.

Patrick then asked whether smoking weed before a boxing match affected him in the ring.

“It didn’t affect me, it affected Golota,” Tyson joked.

Andrew Golota falls through the ropes during his fight for the WBO World Heavyweight Championship against “Relentless” Lamon Brewster on May 21, 2005 (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The boxing match–promoted as the “Showdown in Motown”–took place on October 20, 2000, in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The fight was highly anticipated at the time, as both Golota and Tyson had reputations for being dirty fighters.

Though Tyson claimed a victory by technical knockout, he refused to give a urine sample before the fight, however, a test later confirmed positive for cannabis. The league retracted what would have been his 49th win, demoting it as a no-contest ruling.

These days, Tyson is much more candid about his love of cannabis than he used to be.

Last January, Tyson unveiled his plans to open a ‘cannabis ranch’, geared primarily to industry professionals and hopefuls seeking to learn more about the quickly growing industry.

The ranch is also the site of his growing operation, where Tyson produces his signature strain, KO Kush. Apparently, it’s really good. So good, in fact, it reconciled his relationship with UFC fighter, Conor McGregor last November.



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