The premise of the new show “Rolling With the Punches” is this: an ex-heavyweight champion becomes a marijuana farmer and hangs out with his friends.
That’s convenient since the star of the show, Mike Tyson, AKA “Iron Mike”, is an ex-heavyweight champion who grows marijuana and likes to hang out with his friends.
That, of course, is the appeal of the show, which Tyson is currently trying to sell to a network.
“It’s basically me acting like me, so people can get a look at what my life could be like in different scenarios,” Tyson told the New York Post.
“Iron Mike” Life on the Ranch
According to the Post, the new sitcom is being shopped around to networks. It is being produced by Joe Roth, who at one point was chairman of 20th Century Fox, Caravan Pictures and Walt Disney Studios. He’s also produced movie hits including “Young Guns,” “Major League,” “While You Were Sleeping” and “Maleficent.”
Rob Hickman, Tyson’s business partner, told the Post that Roth has already made a “sizzle reel” to show to network executives. He expects the show to begin airing by the spring of 2019.
The show centers on “Iron Mike” Tyson’s real life, which involves running a marijuana-related complex and resort in California City. Calif., called Tyson Ranch. Tyson broke ground on the project in December 2017. It’s on 40 acres in California City, which is 110 miles north of Los Angeles and 60 miles southwest of Death Valley National Park.
Tyson said of the show: “It’s simple. I’m playing a retired boxer who is growing marijuana,”
Tyson Ranch Plans
Tyson has a lot of irons in the fire related to Tyson Ranch and his own brand of marijuana products. His plans include:
- Cultivating marijuana
- Allowing growers to experiment with strains and conduct research
- Open a campground
- Build an amphitheater
- Build an edibles factory
- Create the Tyson Cultivation School to educate cannabis growers
He’s also has created a brand name, Iron Mike Genetics, for his planned line of CBD-enhanced products for athletes.
As for Tyson himself, he said he has been an advocate of marijuana for years. He told the Post, “I smoke it all day, every day,”
Tyson Holistic will operate the ranch, according to High Times. That company, founded by Tyson, employs mostly veterans.
Tyson faces some competition in creating his cannabis resort. The American Green company, which runs a cannabis farm near Phoenix, bought the entire town of Nipton, California, with the intention of creating a cannabis resort. Nipton is an “almost-ghost town” – a few people still live there.