Australian boxer Liam Wilson has started his “terrible” downward mental spiral that affected his family and personal life.
Australian boxer Liam Wilson has opened up at the “toughest” moment of his life as he prepares this week for the toughest fight of his career.
Wilson (10-1, 7 KO) takes on Argentine Matias Rueda (37-1, 32 KO) in Brisbane on Wednesday night for the vacant WBO International super featherweight bout.
The card, which will be shown on Fox Sports and Kayowill be Wilson’s first time as a headlining act.
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It’s Wilson’s first fight since he defeated Joe Noynay in March with a brutal “left hook from hell” in their rematch.
That KO win was an obvious result, but the 26-year-old has revealed the dark emotional spiral we went through after losing his first fight to Noynay last year – his first defeat of his career.
Speaking on the Main Event Boxing Podcast with Ben Damon, Wilson said he became fixated on getting revenge on Noynay by beating him in their rematch.
“That was probably the most unpleasant thought I’ve ever experienced in my life as a person,” Wilson said of his training camp for the second Noynay fight.
“There is nothing that has ever been compared to that. I don’t know what depression is, I don’t know what it feels like when people talk about it, but I have a good feeling that’s exactly what I’ve been through and what I’ve been through.
“In that camp I had him on my mind 24/7. Everything in my personal life collapsed.
“I especially remember one day, I was so depressed or whatever it was, I ended up at a farm or a paddock by the pool I’m going to. I parked the car and walked hundreds of meters into this field and just lay on my back.
“I didn’t cry, but I was like, ‘F***, did I make the right choice? Can I really beat this man? Damn what is this man doing to me? Is my wife going to leave me?’
“My mind was everywhere – winning mind, a lost mind, what if I lost.”
Wilson said he was not present with his children, to the extent that he asked his young daughter to reassure him that he would win the fight.
“With my kids, I just couldn’t connect with them,” he said.
“My mind wandered. For example, my little girl Charlotte, I think it was a week out of the fight.
“I remember sitting on the couch with her and talking to her and instead of being a dad and being fun, I was sitting there talking about Joe Noynay. I was like, ‘Charlotte, promise your daddy I’ll win the fight’. And she says, ‘Yes, of course you want daddy’.
“And in my head I think, ‘Why the hell did I ask my little girl that?’ I was like, ‘You know what, forget about that Charlotte, I promise you I’ll win. I’ll win the damn fight I asked my little girl for answers It was honestly so horrible.
“I really started to cry when I walked into the ring. Then I was in the most difficult position of my entire life. I fought for my reputation.”
“My two small children looked at me against the man who destroyed me eight months earlier.”
With the dominant win over Noynay, Wilson rose in the world rankings to number 6 in the WBO and number 15 in the IBF.
He is now much better mentally and has had a solid preparation for the fight with Rueda, who represents the toughest challenge of his career.
Wilson could have had an easier fight, but he was determined to keep climbing the rankings.
The Queenslander will take on a veteran of the sport in Rueda, the world’s No. 8 who hasn’t lost since 2016 and has some serious punching power with 32 wins via KO/TKO.
If he wins, Wilson would be lining up for a potential world title eliminator or a title shot.
Also, NRL greats Justin Hodges and Ben Hannant appear on the fight card as the former Broncos teammates go head-to-head in the ring.
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