Heavyweight boxing legend Mike Tyson credited a very specific concoction for his return to the ring.
According to the 54-year-old, he ingested the drug known as “toad venom” prior to agreeing to fight Roy Jones Jr. this Saturday night.
The drug in question, also known as 5-MeO-DMT, is apparently what paved the way for Tyson’s return to the ring after more than 15 years away.
“I took the medicine and the medicine told me to get into shape,” he said on Friday. “It really blew my mind. It told me to come back and start getting in shape.”
Although it is impossible to know what Tyson will look like once the match begins, Jones insists he is prepared for anything.
“He’s been out 15 years and he knows what it’s like to miss boxing,’’ Jones said. “He realizes what he had and he’s seeking to get that back now. … Now he has a desire to want to come out and be who he once was and do what he could once do.”
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Jones is a four-time champ in four separate divisions, so he is not intimidated by the bright lights and attention this bout has been drawing over the past few weeks.
Because Tyson v Jones has been sanctioned by the California State Athletic Association as an exhibition match, it will have different rules than some of the other boxing brawls fans may have seen.
Rounds will be two minutes long, not three; the match will be stopped in the event of a cut; and there will be no judges on site to determine a winner.
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How will a winner ultimately be determined? He won’t be. There will be no winner in this showdown.
Nevertheless, fans seem to be excited.
According to Ryan Kavanaugh of Triller, who is putting on this fight, pay-per-view sales thus far have been outpacing those of Conor McGregor’s from his infamous bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr. They also seem to be trending higher than the PPV sales for Mayweather’s match against Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao.
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“Tyson/Jones will be highest production value of any fight in history,” Kavanaugh told Manouk Akopyan of the LA Times.
“PPV sales [are] outpacing Mayweather vs. McGregor/Pacquiao. I hope we break all records and do 5 million PPVs. You’re going to feel like you’re watching a ‘Rocky’ movie—in a real fight though.”
Mike Lu, CEO of Triller, echoed those sentiments.
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“The way we look at our product: We define cultural moments,” he said.
“Obviously we went against all the major [legacy companies], like ESPN. Everyone wanted this, but per our motto — ‘You do you’ — we allowed Tyson to express himself on our platform that’s all about creating and defining that cultural moment. And that’s why Tyson agreed to do it.”
Will Tyson-Jones ultimately live up to the hype? Time will tell.