Mike Tyson Gives Up Marijuana During Training for Jake Paul Fight

Updated On Apr 17, 2024 by Landon Wheeler

Mike Tyson to give up marijuana whilst preparing for Jake Paul FightSummary:

  • Mike Tyson has to give up marijuana while training for the upcoming Jake Paul fight.
  • Substance is banned by the Texas department regulating combat sports.
  • Tyson is known for his open passion for marijuana and he also has his own brand that sells it.

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is busy training hard for the upcoming fight with American YouTuber and professional boxer Jake Paul.

The 57-year-old boxing icon is currently trying something that might be harder than 27-year-old Paul: he needs to give up his daily marijuana consumption during the training.

“Following All the Rules”

According to Tyson’s publicist, Joann Mignano, the pro boxer was forced to give up the substance “as a means of following all of the rules“.

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) bans marijuana and automatically suspends combat fighters for 90 days if they fail a drug test.

Other sanctions include a fine and the switch of a game’s outcome from “winner” to “no decision” in case the winner tests positive for drugs.

The TDLR also forbids the use of “any pharmacological substance that is not approved for human therapeutic use“.

This would also include “mushrooms“, a psychedelic drug Tyson also said he consumed before his fights.

What Would a Failed Drug Test Mean?

A failed drug test should not jeopardize the proposed fight between the two, according to TDLR’s communications manager, Tela Mange.

This is because random drug tests are conducted on the day of the actual fight and their results are only made available in a week.

At the same time, a fighter who refuses to send a prefight drug test or who fails to follow the testing procedure may get disqualified.

In 2001, Tyson was suspended for three months 90 and received a fine after he tested positive for marijuana after his fight against Andrew Golota, when he also refused to take a prefight drug test.

In the state of Texas, drug tests do not take place before an exhibition. It is still uncertain whether the Tyson-Paul fight will be a pro fight or an exhibition.

Tyson Is Still “a Strong Advocate for Medicinal Benefits of Cannabis”

Tyson continues to be

a strong advocate for the medicinal benefits of cannabis for his personal well-being and others like him.

The boxer is well-known for his passion for cannabis which he said he consumed the day of the Roy Jones Jr. fight in 2020.

Tyson also openly smoked the substance on all 275 episodes of his Hotboxin‘ with Mike Tyson podcast and he even sells it under his Tyson 2.0 brand.

In an interview for Fox News at the start of April, Tyson said

I don’t think I’ll be smoking for this fight, and I think I’m going to be really, really irritable and nasty

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