Tyson ends up at Miami Beach cannabis conference after fight on flight

Mike Tyson was at the Local 10 News studios in May 2019 during a stop in South Florida. (Local 10 News)

MIAMI, Fla. – Mike Tyson was heading to Miami from San Francisco to speak at a cannabis conference at a Miami Beach hotel on Thursday. But on Wednesday night, just before take-off of a JetBlue flight, an overzealous fan got under Iron Mike’s skin and ended up getting attacked by the former boxer.

It appears that Tyson did make it to some of the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference festivities at the Fountainbleau Miami on Collins Avenue. Business partner and wrestling legend Ric Flair tweeted a picture of them Thursday night at the hotel’s nightclub at the CCC’s afterparty.

But it is what happened Wednesday night shown on cellphone video obtained by TMZ Sports that had people talking. The video showed Tyson attacking a passenger and the man named “George” with cuts on his face in another video.

(Warning: Language in video may be offensive to some viewers.)

The victim’s friend told TMZ that Tyson, 55, was initially “cool” with them and other passengers, even letting him take a selfie with him. But the witness said his friend became overly excited and Tyson started throwing punches when his friend wouldn’t stop talking in his ear from behind him.

Sources close to Tyson told TMZ that the man appeared to be extremely intoxicated and was provoking Tyson.

“My boy just got beat up by Mike Tyson . . . he got f----- up. Just trying to ask for an autograph, man. I don’t know what happened,” said a man who took video of his friend’s cuts on his face.

The San Francisco Police Department said the man who was punched by Tyson refused to cooperate with their investigation.

Tyson, chief brand officer and co-founder of Tyson 2.0, was listed as a speaker at the conference.

The former boxer launched the cannabis company in October 2021.

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TMZ Sports obtains cellphone video of Mike Tyson attacking a passenger who witnesses say was taunting the former boxer.

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Michelle F. Solomon is the podcast producer/reporter/host of Local 10's original, true-crime podcast The Florida Files and a digital journalist for Local 10.com.

Christian De La Rosa joined Local 10 News in April 2017 after spending time as a reporter and anchor in Atlanta, San Diego, Orlando and Panama City Beach.