By Dan Ripley for MailOnline
Published: 21:15 GMT, 3 February 2020 | Updated: 21:15 GMT, 3 February 2020
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
'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