There is a positive update as far as the health of former WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson, who was knocked out in the 11th round by 2012 Olympic bronze medalist and new champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk on Saturday night in Quebec.
According to his promoter, Yvon Michel, Stevenson has been upgraded to stable condition, but that he’s still under “controlled sedation.”
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
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. (2/2)— Yvon Michel (@yvonmichelGYM) December 2, 2018
Stevenson (29-2-1, 24 KOs) was transported to a local hospital and was listed in critical condition. Both Stevenson and Gvozdyk (16-0, 13 KOs) had hurt each other in round 10, but in the 11th, the Ukrainian dominated proceedings, and after a series of hard and accurate power punches late in the round, Stevenson collapsed to the mat and the bout was stopped immediately by the referee.
“[Stevenson] had regained his senses to the point where he was able to discuss with Yvon Michel about the scorecards. Stevenson mentioned to his promoter that he would have liked to be more aggressive.
Afterwards, he went to take a shower. When he came out, he started to feel dizzy again. At that time, he was having trouble standing up.
The doctor Francis Fontaine was called in the locker room for a second evaluation, then decided to send it by ambulance. Moments later, Stevenson lost consciousness.”
The 41-year-old had been boxing’s longest reigning active world champion, having famously won the title from Chad Dawson with a first-round KO way back in June 2013. His only other loss came in 2010 by TKO against Darnell Boone, whom he’d knock out in a rematch three years later.