MY daughter, Naieya, has spina bifida. Once I knew I made the [Olympic] team that was just the start of giving her a better life.
Once I knew I had medalled, I knew that I might have a good chance of making things better. But even if I hadn’t won the medal, being a heavyweight means you’re going to be one of the better-paid guys. My daughter’s my motivation. She always will be.
We found out about it before she was born. I was a 19-year-old, in college, playing ball and some people say that when you have kids and they’re not planned, they’re mistakes, but mine was no mistake. Overall, mine was a blessing because I wouldn’t be here talking to you if it weren’t for my little girl.