Who is this Mike Tyson?
Michael Gerard Tyson, born in the United States on June 30, 1966, is a boxer who competed professionally from 1985 to 2005. Many boxing experts consider Tyson among the sport’s all-time greats at the heavyweight division. During the early stages of Mike Tyson’s career, he was known by the monikers “Iron Mike” and “Kid Dynamite.” Later in his career, he became known as “The Baddest Man on the Planet.”
Between the years 1987 and 1990, he was the undisputed champion of the heavyweight division. After Tyson turned professional, he won his first 19 fights by knockout, and 12 of those knockout victories came in the first round. Tyson broke the record for the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title when he brought home his first trophy at 20 years, four months, and 22 days.
He owns the record for being the earliest fighter ever to win a heavyweight title. He was the first boxer of any weight class to successfully unify the heavyweight divisions of the WBA, WBC, and IBF in consecutive fights, and he is the only heavyweight fighter in history to have accomplished this feat. The next year, Tyson won the lineal championship by defeating Michael Spinks in the first round of the fight, which took place in 91 seconds. In 1990, Buster Douglas defeated Mike Tyson by knocking him out, considered one of the most shocking results in sporting history.
Mike Tyson, a former boxing world champion, is trending on Twitter after he claimed to have “died” after taking venom from a hallucinogenic toad. Despite the devastating consequences, the 55-year-old woman admits to doing it hundreds of times.
Mike Tyson claimed he “tripped on the toad,” the common name for the infamous Sonoran Desert Toad found in Mexico. While discussing his first experience with the “toad,” Tyson stated that he “died during his first journey.”
During Wonderland, a Miami symposium on psychedelics, microdosing, and medicine, the heavyweight fighter spoke openly about his experience. He was one of the main speakers with Lamar Odom, a former player for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts was the site of the two-day conference that took place on November 8 and 9.
How Mike Tyson got stung by a toad and what it taught him
“Iron Mike,” a conference attendee, discussed the impact of psychedelics on him. In his words:
The beauty of dying is something I’ve witnessed on my travels. Death, like life, must be beautiful, but it often gets a bad rap. Thanks to the toad, I now know that my time on Earth is limited. There is a cutoff time.
In the past, toad venom was employed as a curative medication. While dormant for seven months, the toads’ poison can be ingested for a brief “trip” when they emerge.
Four years ago, when the fighter weighed 100 pounds more, he learned about toad venom. He also stated at the time that he used substances and drank alcohol. Mike Tyson stated that a buddy of his first told him about “toad venom,” and ever since then, he has been a strong advocate for the product.
Mike Tyson gave the following explanation for his decision to drink the venom:
I did it because I dared myself to. Why not? I was already doing cocaine and other hard drugs. This is an entirely different plane of existence. A nervous breakdown had just occurred before I did the toad. For me, the most formidable adversary was always myself. I didn’t think much of myself. Individuals who have large ego frequently lack confidence. Self-esteem is the currency we use to help fund that. The toad drains one of pride.
He confessed to having ingested the toad venom a total of 52 times after that. He said he started boxing again after losing 100 pounds in three months. He was also able to mend fences with his spouse and offspring.
After his ordeal with toad venom, Mike Tyson said he returned to boxing. In his words:
My ability to concentrate and develop new ideas has been greatly enhanced. Being an entrepreneur and businessman has made me more available. Everyone can tell the difference. The results are obvious. Before 2009, I was a very different person. I have no idea what changed, because my simple brain can’t handle it, but things are better now.
On he went:
The point of the toad is to help you realize your full potential. My perspective has shifted. Ultimately, we’re all the same people. It’s all about love, really.
A supporter of psychedelics, Tyson actively promotes them across the United States.