The former world heavyweight champion was found guilty on a charge of doping after being found to have marijuana in his system following the knock-out of the Pole in Detroit.
That verdict which cost him a $200,000 fine and saw the his victory against Golota reduced to a ‘no contest’.
Tyson never formally denied he had smoked weed ahead of the fight, instead blaming the failed test on the fact that he was unable to find the device he sometimes used to provide clean urine to dodge drug testers.
In an interview with the Dan Patrick Show, Tyson claimed he has smoked weed “All my life, basically”, but defiantly insisted that the drugs hadn’t affected his performance in Michigan.
“It affected Golota”, he said.
The former US fighter, who has long been a campaigner for the use of weed for medical purposes, was speaking following the launch of his new California marijuana business in LA.
He admitted the Golota fight was the only time in his career he had ever smoked the drug ahead of taking to the canvas.
The Tyson Ranch – a 40-acre weed farm in the Mojave Desert – opened for business in May, and comes after the State of California moved to legalize the drug in 2016.
“I’ve been fighting for over 20 years and I have so many aches and pains,” Tyson told CBS Los Angeles . “If I didn’t have cannabis I don’t know what would happen.”
Speaking via a heartfelt Instagram post in November, Ultimate Fighting Championship star Conor McGregor showed his support for Tyson’s new business interests when the American gave a talk at the Helix in Dublin.
“Your marijuana strain that you grow on your own farm ‘KO Kush’ is really nice,” said McGregor. “It was an honour to taste it and I wish you and your team all the best with this endeavour.”