When the former heavyweight world champion was asked if he had smoked the drug before the fight in his post-fight press conference, he said, "Absolutely, yes."
Mike Tyson announced in a post fight conference that he had smoked marijuana before and after his fight with Roy Jones Jr.
The 54-year-old champion fought with his 51-year-old opponent Roy Jones Jr in a drawn exhibition fight that earned him around $7.5 million. When the former heavyweight world champion was asked if he had smoked the drug before the fight in his post-fight press conference, he said, "Absolutely, yes."
He further revealed to USA Today that he had done the same after the bout’s conclusion.
"Listen, I can’t stop smoking. I smoked during fights. I just have to smoke, I’m sorry. I’m a smoker. … I smoke every day. I never stopped smoking," Tyson expressed.
When the 54-year-old was asked whether or not his marijuana usage numbed the pain he experienced while fighting, he replied, "No, it just numbs me, it doesn't numb the pain."
Tyson was only tested for performance-enhancing substances before the fight as it was an exhibition rather than a professional fight, which means marijuana was not an illegal substance as far as the event was concerned.
"It’s just who I am. It has no effect on me from a negative standpoint. It’s just what I do and how I am and how I’m going to die. There’s no explanation. There’s no beginning, there’s no end," he added.