Haitian-Canadian boxer Adonis Stevenson (29-2-1, 24 KO) was defending his WBC and lineal light-heavyweight titles against Ukrainian Oleksandr Gvozdyk (16-0, 13 KO) on December 2 (AEDT) at Videotron Centre in Quebec. The scheduled for twelve rounds championship bout ended prior the final bell, when the latter knocked his opponent out at 2:49 of the eleventh round, consequently taking the belts.
According to reports, post-fight the 41-year-old former champion was hospitalized in critical condition. He remained in intensive care and was place in medically induced coma to reduce swelling, Boxingscene.com reported.
“The WBC and boxing community from the world join in prayers for the safe recovery of our dear friend, great fighter and exemplary human being Adonis Stevenson (@AdonisSuperman). May God provide the strength to overcome this unfortunate set back,” World Boxing Council posted on Twitter.
On Monday (AEDT) Stevenson’s promoter, Yvon Michel shared an update on Twitter, revealing that his protegee “is in controlled sedation to facilitate his recuperation”.
“The state of Adonis has gone from critical towards stable from yesterday to today which is a relatively good news. He is in controlled sedation to facilitate his recuperation.”
“His family, his wife Simone and Groupe Yvon Michel would like to thank the many people who have taken the time to send comforting messages. New information will be published has we get it. No other comments will be made until then,” reads the following tweet.
Update on Adonis @AdonisSuperman: The state of Adonis has gone from critical towards stable from yesterday to today which is a relatively good news. He is in controlled sedation to facilitate his recuperation. (1/2)
— Yvon Michel (@yvonmichelGYM) December 2, 2018
The WBC Light Heavyweight championship bout Adonis Stevenson vs. Oleksandr Gvozdyk was held on the same day as Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury for WBC Heavyweight title, which ended in controversial draw.