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Mike Tyson Says Psychedelic 'Toad' Told Him To Make Boxing Comeback

Mike Tyson Says Psychedelic 'Toad' Told Him To Make Boxing Comeback

Mike Tyson made his long-awaited return to the ring over the weekend in an exhibition bout against former world champ Roy Jones Jr.

And while the resulting draw was somewhat disappointing, the entire event itself certainly wasn't.

No, we're not talking about YouTuber Jake Paul knocking out some random ex-NBA player before calling out UFC megastar Conor McGregor.

We're talking strictly about Iron Mike's performance inside the ring.

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Roy Jones Jr and Mike Tyson after their bout. Credit: PA
Roy Jones Jr and Mike Tyson after their bout. Credit: PA

Heading into his highly-anticipated comeback, the 54-year-old was in incredible shape having dropped 100 pounds during the build-up.

But, somehow, his ability with his fast hands and flashy footwork far outweighed his impressive physique on the night as Iron Mike left boxing fans and experts thoroughly pleased to see him back in action.

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But Tyson has now revealed his true reasons for choosing to announce his second coming - and it has nothing to do with a hefty pay day or strict weight loss programme.

In fact, the "Baddest Man on the Planet" claims a psychedelic drug inspired him to step back into the ring after a 15-year layoff.

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"I took the medicine and the medicine told me to get into shape," Tyson said during the weigh-in.

The Sonoran Desert toad. Credit: PA
The Sonoran Desert toad. Credit: PA
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"It really blew my mind. It told me to come back and start getting in shape."

The psychedelic, simply named 'The Toad', is extracted from a rare species of toad from the Sonoran Desert in America and smoked by the user.

It's understood the drug, which is far more powerful than DMT, causes a religious-like trip where users feel their state of consciousness altered in the space of five minutes.

This certainly isn't the first time Tyson has dabbled in the odd substance.

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"I just have to smoke. I'm sorry, I'm a smoker. I smoke everyday - I never stopped smoking," he said.

"It's just who I am, it has no effect on me from a negative standpoint. It's just what I do, what I am, and how I'm gonna die. There's no explanation, there's no beginning, there's no end."

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Topics: Mike Tyson, Roy Jones Jr, Boxing, Drugs, Australia

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