Mike Tyson said a psychedelic drug known as toad venom played a part in his return to boxing at the age of 54 and his taking on Roy Jones Jr. Saturday night in an eight-round exhibition match.
“I took the medicine and the medicine told me to get into shape,’’ Tyson said Friday, referring to psychedelic 5-MeO-DMT 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.’’
The fight will be Tyson’s first first in 15 years. His pro career had ended on June 11, 2005 when he refused to come out for the seventh round against journeyman Kevin McBride.
Tyson and Jones will fight at Staples Center in Los Angeles but without spectators because of COVID-19 restrictions. The fight is available on pay-per-view for $49.99 and can be watched at tysonontriller.com.