Australian boxer Liam Wilson has opened up on his “dreadful” downward mental spiral that affected his family and personal life.

Australian boxer Liam Wilson has opened up on “trickiest” moment of his life as he prepares for the toughest fight of his career this week.

Wilson (10-1, 7 KO) will take on Argentinian Matias Rueda (37-1, 32 KO) in Brisbane on Wednesday night for the vacant WBO International super featherweight fight.

The card, which will be shown on Fox Sports and Kayo, will be Wilson’s first time as a headline act.

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It’s Wilson’s first fight since he defeated Joe Noynay with a brutal “left hook from hell” in March in their rematch.

That KO win was an emphatic result but the 26-year-old has revealed the dark emotional spiral we went down after he lost his first fight to Noynay last year — his first career defeat.

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 think I’ve ever gone through in my life as a person,” Wilson said of his training camp for the second Noynay fight.

“There’s nothing that’s ever compared to that. I don’t know what depression is, I don’t know what it actually feels like when people talk about it, but I have a good sense that that’s exactly what I went through and what I experienced.

“In that camp, I had him on my mind 24/7. Everything in my personal life came crumbling down.

“I remember one day in particular, I was so depressed or whatever it was, I ended up to some farm or a paddock near the swimming pool where I go to. I parked the car up and I walked hundreds of metres into this field and just lay on my back.

“I didn’t cry but I was just like, ‘F***, have I made the right choice? Can I actually beat this guy? F*** what’s this guy doing to me? Is my missus leaving me?’

“My mind was everywhere — winning mind, a losing mind, what if I lost.”

Wilson said he wasn’t present with his kids, to the extent he asked his young daughter to reassure him he was going to win the fight.

“With my kids, I just couldn’t connect with them,” he said.

“My mind was drifting. For example, my little girl Charlotte, I think it was a week out from the fight.

“I remember I sat her on the couch and I was talking to her and rather than being a dad and being fun, I was sitting there talking about Joe Noynay. I was like, ‘Charlotte, do you promise daddy I’ll win the fight’. And she’s like, ‘Yeah of course you will dad’.

“And in my head I’m like, ‘Why the hell did I ask that to my little girl’. I was like, ‘You know what forget that Charlotte, I promise you I’ll win. I’ll win the f***ing fight. I was asking my little girl for answers. It was honestly so dreadful.

“I actually started crying as I was walking into the ring. That’s when I was in the trickiest position of my whole life. I was fighting for my reputation.”

“My two little kids were there watching me against the guy that destroyed me eight months earlier.”

The dominant win over Noynay rocketed Wilson up in the world rankings to No. 6 with the WBO and No. 15 with the IBF.

He is a far better mental place now and has had a solid preparation for the fight with Rueda, who represents the toughest challenge of his career.

Wilson could have taken an easier fight but he his determined to keep climbing up the rankings.

The Queenslander will have his work cut out against a veteran of the sport in Rueda, the world No. 8 who hasn’t lost since 2016 and boasts serious punching power with 32 of wins coming via KO/TKO.

If he wins, Wilson would be in line for a potential world title eliminator or a title shot.

Also appearing on the fight card will be NRL greats Justin Hodges and Ben Hannant as the former Broncos teammates go head to head in the ring.

Wilson vs Rueda full fight card

Liam Wilson vs Matias Rueda

Justin Hodges vs Ben Hannant

Paulo Aokuso vs Robert Berridge

Shannon O’Connell vs Sarah Higginson

Ben Hussain vs Wes Capper

Jake Wylie vs Patrick Clarke

Ella Boot vs Stephanie Mfongwot

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