Adonis Stevenson suffered his first defeat in eight and a half years last night.
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.
In defending his WBC light-heavyweight title for the tenth time, the Canadian lost by knockout to the Ukrainian in the eleventh round.
He took damage throughout the contest – being knocked down once before the finish (albeit the referee ruled it a slip) – but there was nothing to indicate what would come afterwards.
After a brutal finishing sequence in which Stevenson took several unanswered punches, the fight was over. The defeated champion made it to his stool but it was then that it became apparent that something wasn’t right.
He was transported to hospital, with promoter Yvon Michel stating that the 41-year-old was in a critical condition.
The statement read:
“News on the condition of Adonis the family of. @AdonisSuperman and group leaders Yvon Michel are currently with Adonis Stevenson. They want to inform friends and supporters that Adonis is currently in a critical condition.”
AVIS, nouvelles sur la condition d’Adonis
La famille de .@AdonisSuperman et les dirigeants de Groupe Yvon Michel sont présentement auprès d’Adonis Stevenson. Ils souhaitent informer les amis et les supporters qu’Adonis est présentement dans une condition critique (1sur2)
— Yvon Michel (@yvonmichelGYM) December 2, 2018
Now on the day after, an unfortunate report claims that Stevenson has, as a precautionary measure, been placed in a medically induced coma. This has been done to alleviate damage in the case of a potential brain haemorrhage.
Though the report from the Montreal Journal is inaccessible in Europe, noted MMA journalist Ariel Helwani cited the piece, expressing his horror at the development.
According to this report in the Journal de Montreal, Adonis Stevenson has been put in an artificial coma as a preventative measure in case he is suffering from a brain hemorrhage. He is currently in intensive care at a local Quebec City hospital. Tragic. https://t.co/Iip3lHKOX5
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) December 2, 2018