MIKE TYSON has finally got the big comeback rematch he wants – with Lennox Lewis jumping in for a battle of the cannabis kings.
The British boxing legend has invested a large chunk of his fortune into a Canadian company growing medical weed.
Iron Mike, who claims to smoke around £33,000 of marijuana a month, heads up his own 418-acre California ranch and starts smoking his own product as soon as he wakes up at 5am.
But Lewis’ latest savvy business move, buying into Canadian company New Maple Holdings Ltd, is is attempt to gain a slice of the growing global market for medicinal marijuanna.
Lewis said: “New Maple’s experience building and operating facilities for some of the world’s most advanced medical cannabis production under strict globally regulated compliance sets them at the forefront.
“It’s great to be part of a team that will bring a range of medicinal cannabis products to many people worldwide to help with ailments such as concussions, insomnia and old sports injuries to cancer.”
INSIDE MIKE TYSON'S CANNABIS RANCH
In addition to his substantial investment, Lewis will also help New Maple as an executive advisor focusing on the opportunities in his own expert field of sports recovery.
Lewis’ new partners have raised around £7million in unbrokered finance and secured access to over 1.4m square feet of production expansion space across the Canadian province of Ontario.
Legal cannabis is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, expected to reach around £118billion in annual sales by the end of 2025 and surpassing £160b in 2032.
Long before hitting the growbags, Lewis and Tyson were famous for hitting punchbags and, eventually, each other.
The pair went head-to-head in June 2002, with Baddest Man on the Planet getting broken up and KO’ed by Lewis.
And they will now go head-to-head in their joint ventures, looking to dominate in their new fields.
Tyson has been involved in the puff business since 2018 and runs a hugely successful podcast called Hotboxin’.
But the 53-year-old – who last boxed professionally 15 years ago – is on the bring of a comeback after returning to training and getting back in phenomenal shape.
Lewis, 54, has only joked about returning to the ring, claiming that there would have to be some crazy sums on the table to tempt him.
Lewis and Tyson sparred as brilliant red hot prospects in 1983 but Tyson’s three-year prison sentence, their shared defeats and promotional and broadcast deals kept them apart for almost 20 years.
Now they back in the same business, swapping hurt for hemp.
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