Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson organized a “Weed Boxing Championship” where fighters and spectators are encouraged to smoke cannabis before the bouts. The event comes in the wake of Thailand’s legalization of cannabis in June 2022, opening new avenues for cannabis tourism in addition to the already popular Muay Thai tourism.
Tyson will not compete but continues to expand his brand, Tyson 2.0.
Imagine a boxing match unlike any the world has known—fighters stand in the ring, but before they start swinging, they must smoke a joint or take a hit from a bong. Yes, you heard it right. Former heavyweight champion and cannabis entrepreneur Mike Tyson has organized something called the “Weed Boxing Championship,” which took place on August 27th on Koh Samui, Thailand’s third-largest island.
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Weed Boxing Rules and Details – What You Need to Know
According to information from Javier Hasse of Benzinga Cannabis Insider, the rules for weed boxing are simple but fascinating. Every participant must “smoke from a bong or roll a joint” before entering the ring. But don’t worry; there will be no surprises from anti-doping agencies like WADA or USADA. All fighters must be under the influence before the bout, which will consist of three rounds, each lasting three minutes.
What’s in It for the Weed Boxing Audience?
And for those who like to be closer to the action, there’s something special. Spectators will also be encouraged to smoke the same cannabis as the fighters. The event will take place at Samui International Muay Thai Stadium, so a large crowd is expected.
Cannabis Decriminalization in Thailand
It’s worth noting that in June 2022, about a year before weed boxing hit the scene, cannabis was legalized in Thailand. As a result, shops and stalls began popping up like mushrooms after the rain, offering high-quality products that were previously only available to those willing to break the law.
Fusion of Muay Thai and Cannabis Tourism
Tourism related to Muay Thai is already well-established, but cannabis tourism is a relatively new phenomenon in Thailand. This weed boxing event appears to be a fusion of both worlds. And although it will be the first of its kind in the country, it certainly won’t be the last.
What About Tyson Himself?
If you’re wondering whether Mike Tyson will participate in the weed boxing competition, the answer is no.
His company, Tyson 2.0, has seen success in multiple states over the past few years. In March 2023, Mike Tyson opened his Coffee Shop in Amsterdam, offering a wide range of products branded under TYSON 2.0.
Weed Boxing Conclusion
Former heavyweight champion and cannabis entrepreneur, Mike Tyson, introduces a new concept to sports with the “Weed Boxing Championships.”
The first weed boxing event took place on August 27th on Koh Samui Island in Thailand.
The rules for weed boxing are unconventional, as every fighter must smoke cannabis before entering the ring. There will be no interventions from WADA or USADA, and spectators will also be encouraged to smoke the same cannabis as the fighters.
This weed boxing event coincides with Thailand’s recent decriminalization of cannabis and has the potential to merge the worlds of Muay Thai and cannabis tourism.
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