Mike Tyson has admitted to once being so out of control he would punch fans who asked for his autograph.
During his turbulent pro-career, 'Iron Mike' was no stranger to controversial incidents and news stories, and in an interview with Yahoo Finance he opened up about how he eventually turned to cannabis to control his frenzied aggression.
"My life was just miserable, I was out of control," he admitted.
"I was fighting with anybody. If someone asked me for an autograph, I'd punch them in the face.
"I was just a mess, and then after I retired, I started smoking.
"What a mistake that was — I should have smoked my whole career. I should have smoked when I was fighting because it put me in this different state of mind.
"I'm very relaxed and the more relaxed you are, the better fighter you are at least in my case."
Back in 2001, Tyson did have a win over Andrew Golota chalked off his pro-record after testing positive for marijuana, but argued his performance in Michigan that night justified his actions.
"I broke his cheek bone, his eye socket, his rib — I should have been doing this from the beginning. And I said, 'Wow.'
"I got fined for that, of course, but it was worth every bit of it."
Indeed, since 2016, Tyson, 54, has been more transparent about cannabis products, selling them through his company Tyson Holistic.
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The business reportedly earns him around £500,000-per-month as he cashes in on premium marijuana strains, edibles and extracts.
'The baddest man on the planet' returned to the ring in November 2020 for an exhibition bout with Roy Jones Jr, and surprised many fans with his durability as the pair boxed to an eight-round draw.
And Tyson said his impressive performance was due to the use of psychedelics, saying: "I think of it as an enhancer. It makes me better, even in the ring.
"The punches don't hurt as much, it has a lot to do with my comeback, the psychedelics."
It's a comeback that seemingly still has some mileage to go, with Tyson reportedly on the brink of agreeing a deal to fight YouTuber Logan Paul in 2022.
The former heavyweight has long sought a bout since fighting Jones Jr, even calling out his old rivals Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis.
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