Adonis Stevenson in 'critical condition' after knockout

Adonis Stevenson in 'critical condition' after knockout

Former light heavyweight world champion Adonis Stevenson was in a medically induced coma but was upgraded from critical condition to stable on Sunday, according to promoter Yvon Michel.

Stevenson lost his WBC light heavyweight title to Ukraine's Oleksandr Gvozdyk when the fight was stopped during the 11th round.

The Haitian-born, Montreal-based boxer was promptly put on a stretcher and left the Videotron Centre in an ambulance.

Stevenson won the WBC title in 2013 when he defeated Chad Dawson and was making his 10th title defence on Saturday.

Gvozdyk (16-0, 13 KOs) landed eight unanswered punches, including a left hand and two crushing rights that badly hurt Stevenson (29-2-1, 24 KOs), who went down and slumped against one of the corner posts.

The worst night of Adonis Stevenson's championship reign has now extended far beyond the ring. "The family of Adonis and Yvon Michel are now with Adonis Stevenson", wrote Michel.

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It's believed his condition worsened and he was unable to stand unassisted, and he was taken to the l'Enfant-Jesus de Quebec hospital, which specializes in neurosurgery and head trauma. A few hours after the fight, Stevenson's promoter Yvon Michel released a statement on Twitter saying that Stevenson was in critical condition.

In a press conference late Saturday, Michel said Stevenson seemed disoriented and confused when he arrived at the hospital.

"We fear a concussion", he said. This is very worrisome, ' Michel said.

Stevenson remained down for several minutes after the fight was stopped by referee Michael Griffin. "This is very worrying".

Gvozdyk, 31, a 2012 Ukrainian Olympic bronze medalist who fights out of Oxnard, California, celebrated with his team, including new trainer Teddy Atlas, but when he realized Stevenson was in distress he calmed down.

"Boxing is not a game, but a hard and unsafe sport", he wrote.

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