Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Canadian boxer Adonis Stevenson in critical condition after knockout in title fight

Canadian boxer Adonis Stevenson in critical condition after knockout in title fight

Stevenson's promoter Yvon Michel said his fighter's condition is now "stable" after Stevenson was rushed to intensive care following the loss.

He said the boxer's family appreciated the concern and support but requested privacy.

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It was Stevenson's 10th title defence since winning the belt against Chad Dawson in 2013. The 31-year-old Gvozdyk is now 16-0.

Stevenson (29-2-1, 21KOs) entered the night as both the sport's longest-reigning and oldest champion.

Stevenson fell early, in the third round, after getting hit by Gvozdyk.

MMA journalist Ariel Helwani tweeted a report from a French publication that said Stevenson had been placed in a coma. "After the 10th round [and Gvozdyk's almost being knocked down, ] I asked him, 'do you see that the chunks are almost all gone?' He looked at me and he said, 'yes.' I said, 'good, and now go out there and finish him off'".

While the eyes of the boxing world were on proceedings in Los Angeles between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, Stevenson was in action against title challenger Oleksandr Gvozdyk.

Ironically, too, the bout came the same night as the much-ballyhooed heavyweight fight that saw American Deontay Wilder and British fighter Tyson Fury battle to a draw. The last 2 minutes were fatal to the Adonis Superman World Champion who took several minutes to recover from the last shots of his opponent.

Stevenson had held his titles for over five years and is a legend of Canadian boxing, having claimed a silver medal in the 2006 Commonwealth Games. He was down 96-94 and 98-92 at the time of the stoppage, but overcame horrific scoring to leave Canada as the new light heavyweight champion.

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