WWE Star Roman Reigns Battling Leukemia

The professional wrestler Roman Reigns is giving up his championship title and leaving the ring to battle leukemia.

The former football player, whose real name is Leati Joseph Anoaʻi, said Monday that he had been living with the cancer for 11 years and that it had returned, CNN reported.

"When I was 22 years old, I was diagnosed with this. And very quickly I was able to put it in remission. But I'm not going to lie, that was the hardest time in my life. I didn't have a job, I didn't have any money, I didn't have a home and I had a baby on the way," Reigns said in a speech Monday in Rhode Island at the start of WWE's Monday Night Raw program.

"I want to make one thing clear -- by no means is this a retirement speech," Reigns said. "I will beat this and I will be back, so you will see me very very soon."

He placed his WWE Universal Title belt on the floor and left the ring, CNN reported.

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