sport news Deontay Wilder reveals battle with depression almost killed him

'I had a gun in my lap and I was ready to commit suicide': Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder reveals battle with depression almost killed him as he struggled to raise his sick daughter before turning to boxing Deontay Wilder was driven to depression shortly after birth of his eldest child Naieya was born with spina bifida that left Wilder struggling financially Wilder contemplated suicide in 2006 shortly after taking up boxing Inspired by Naieya, Bronze bomber has since gone on become world champion He will now take on Tyson Fury later this month in a rematch to defend his belt 

By Dan Ripley for MailOnline

Published: 21:15 GMT, 3 February 2020 | Updated: 21:15 GMT, 3 February 2020

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Deontay Wilder has opened up on how he contemplated suicide following the birth of his first child Naieya.

The world champion, who will take on Tyson Fury in a rematch later this month, admitted his struggles came after his daughter was born in 2005 with spina bifida - a spinal condition that nearly left her unable to walk.

Wilder reflected that becoming a father at 19-years-old to a child with a disorder, and the potential medical bills that followed, led him to depression and that he had a gun ready in his lap to end his life.

Boxer Deontay Wilder has revealed he once contemplated suicide after sliding into depression

Boxer Deontay Wilder has revealed he once contemplated suicide after sliding into depression

'The lowest moment for me in my life was years and years and years ago, I think when my daughter was first born back in 2005,' he told BT Sport.

'But in 2006 it became very rocky for me, to the point where I lost my family, to the point where I had a gun in my lap and I was ready to commit suicide myself.

'Those thoughts come to your head - we're all human. Those thoughts come to anyone's head that is going through some type of

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