Deontay Wilder Opens Up on Mental Health, PTSD Before Comeback

Published 08/24/2022, 6:30 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – March 2: MANDATORY CREDIT Bill Tompkins/Getty Images Deontay Wilder speaks to the press during the weighin for his upcoming Heavyweight fight against Luis Ortiz at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New Yorkon March 2, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)

We as spectators can only see what a boxer goes through in the ring, but their pain and hard work is much beyond our understanding. A lot of athletes have gone through serious mental health issues, and some have also lost their lives because of it. Take a look at what boxing star Deontay Wilder has to say about it. 

While talking to Fighthype.com, Wilder discussed what a boxer goes through. He said, “I have sacrificed my life for other’s entertainment.” Wilder explained that people can only see, but they cannot relate to or understand what he is saying.   

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Furthermore, he added, “It takes a lot for us to get up, or train and get ourselves together. Feels, months at a time to break our body down. Then get in the ring, get hit in the head. The head is not supposed to be here in the first place.” 

“They all talk about, it’s a lot of mental health, it’s a lot of PTSD, a lot of stuff that fighters deal with. But you know, a lot of them want to keep that toughness about themselves. Don’t want to let people know or see certain things wrong with them. We are warriors at the end of the day,” said Wilder.

A lot of athletes suffer from mental health issues, and ‘The Bronze Bomber’ tried to explain it to his fans during this interview. Recently, Adrien Broner pulled back from his long-anticipated return to boxing, which was set to happen on August 20th. He revealed his withdrawal through Instagram, stating that he is facing mental health issues. 

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Two probable heavyweight fights of the near future 

Recently, the entire world’s attention was moved toward the mega fight between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua. It was their second fight, and the latter lost the bout both times. Soon after the results, there were rumors about a fight that everyone has been waiting for, Oleksandr Usyk vs. Tyson Fury. 

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On the other hand, Anthony Joshua is rumored to fight American boxer Deontay Wilder next. Both the match-ups are eagerly awaited by fans, but only time will tell if the fights materialize or not. Meanwhile, what do you think about Wilder’s remarks? Share it in the comments below.  

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Shashank Wankhede

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Shashank Wankhede is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. When it comes to boxing, the blockbuster film 'Rocky' sparked his interest in the sport. He holds Muhammad Ali in great regard and is a sincere admirer of his narrative, struggle, and accomplishments.

Edited By: Ajinkya Aswale

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