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Former Champ Depression Struggle - Alex Arthur

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Alex Arthur lifts lid on the Hell he suffered after quitting – depression, putting on five stone and not even being able to urinate for two days

The former Scots world champion tells all in an incredibly frank interview and how he now wants to help other boxers.

By Colan Lamont-DR

Updated10:25, 18 DEC 2016


Former world champion Alex Arthur has revealed he faced a fight with depression after hanging up his gloves.

The Edinburgh boxer ballooned in weight after he retired in 2003, couldn’t sleep and couldn’t urinate for two days at a time because of an issue with the pituitary gland on his brain.

For more than a year, the 38-year-old was fighting off demons that threatened to make his retirement Hell on Earth.

Haunted by what he sees happening to other boxers after they leave the ring behind, Arthur thinks the boxing fraternity should get together to offer help to those who need it.

Revealing for the first time the depths he sank to, he now hopes his story can help save lives after he proved you can come out the other side.

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