The news is truly incredible. According to BBC Malawi would have asked Mike Tyson to become the country's official cannabis ambassador. Lobin Low, Minister of Agriculture, allegedly sent an invitation letter to Iron Mike, stating that legalization in Malawi for medical use has created new opportunities.
Malawi legalized the cultivation and processing of cannabis for medical use last year, and the country's Ministry of Agriculture encouraged farmers to grow it.
Tyson recently invested in a cannabis farm in the U.S., The Department of Agriculture said the U.S.
Cannabis Association is facilitating the deal with Tyson, and the head of its Malawi branch, Wezi Ngalamila, has told the BBC that the former champion accepted the invitation. Malawian Group of Civil Society Center for Public Accountability said in a statement: "We fail to understand why Malawi would want to have a convicted rapist as a brand ambassador, especially at this time when efforts to curb violence against women do.
part of the government's agenda. " In fact, in 1992, Iron Mike was convicted of rape of Desiree Washington and sentenced to 6 years in prison, but was released in 1995. During his career, Tyson won his first 19 fights by knockout, 12 of them on the first round.
In 1986, at the age of 20, 4 months and 22 days, he took the WBC crown against Trevor Berbick, becoming the youngest heavyweight champion of the world, a record that still remains unbeaten. A year later he also won the WBA and IBF titles, becoming the undisputed champion and the first heavyweight to unify the world championships.
In 1988 he became linear champion when he KO'd Michael Spinks in 91 seconds. He defended his belts on nine occasions, before being knocked out by Buster Douglas in what was termed one of the greatest surprises in the history of the sport.
Released from prison in 1995, he returned to the ring and in 1996 won the WBA and WBC titles by defeating Frank Bruno and Bruce Seldon by KO respectively. This made him one of the heavyweights capable of regaining a division belt after losing it.
After being deprived of the WBC World Cup, he lost the WBA crown in a match against Evander Holyfield in November of the same year and in their rematch he was disqualified for biting his opponent's ear by pulling off a piece of cartilage.
In 2002, aged 35, he faced Lennox Lewis for the world title, being defeated by knockout. In 2005 at the age of 38, after further failures against Danny Williams and Kevin McBride, he announced his retirement.