When you think of Mike Tyson, two things probably come to mind: boxing and cannabis. After decades of being known for them separately, he’s finally combined these two seemingly unrelated spheres into what might be the coolest and most unique competition thus far… weed boxing! A first for the world of sports, where a win can be overturned if you test negative for cannabis use. What a concept.
The event made its debut this past Sunday, on August 27th, in Koh Samui, Thailand, and included music, vendors, contests, food, and of course, the fight as the main event. WBC (not to be confused with World Boxing Coucil) had a handful of big-name sponsors and was held at the Samui International Muay Thai Stadium, a venue known for hosting some sizable fights. The whole thing is part of the Thailand’s larger effort to boost cannabis tourism, and what better way to do it than by pairing it with the country’s national sport?
Muai Thai boxing has long been a draw for tourism to the country, and this event came just over a year after Thailand decriminalized cannabis, which lead to a fast onslaught of new dispensaries and cannabis-related events in the country. Bringing the two together makes this untapped market an obvious gold mine. This event not only marks a historical moment, but also paves the way for an exciting new niche.
The fight included three rounds, each lasting three minutes, and the twist here was that each fighter was required to “smoke a bong or a joint” before getting in the ring. Unsurprisingly, the show featured many different products from Mike’s Tyson 2.0 line, and in a fun addition, spectators were allowed to share the same strains that the fighters were smoking.
And to answer the question I’m sure everyone has, no, Tyson didn’t put the gloves on this time; but reflecting on his own career, he joked about how adding cannabis to the mix may have resulted in some less aggressive fighting.
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