Adonis Stevenson undergoes brain surgery after bout against Oleksandr Gvozdyk

Ruben Hill
December 6, 2018

During the waning moments of the 11th round of his title defense on Saturday as part of the Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury undercard, Stevenson was knocked out following a flurry of shots from the Ukrainian Gvozdyk, and it was evident immediately that he was suffering from injury.

Adonis Stevenson "suffers from severe traumatic brain injury" which "requires mechanical respiratory assistance, deep sedation and specialized neurological monitoring" according to Dr. Alexis Turgeon, the specialist physician at the Quebec City hospital where the 41-year-old former world light heavyweight champion's remained since last Saturday's 11th-round knockout loss to Oleksandr Gvozdyk in Quebec City.

"He suffered a severe traumatic brain injury".

Officials at the Quebec City hospital where Adonis Stevenson has been receiving treatment will give an update on the boxer's condition on Wednesday afternoon. His situation is still stable under the circumstances, but critical.

He told a press conference it was "too early to comment" on the fighter's longterm prognosis, but that likely he would have lasting neurological damage.

A statement from the hospital added: "Mr Stevenson's family thanks supporters for their many messages of empathy and support over the past few days". "They want to be at the bedside of Mr. Stevenson and ask everyone to respect their privacy".

The Canadian was carried from the ring on a stretcher and taken to hospital, where his condition was initially described as critical.

Stevenson was making his 10th WBC title defence since winning the belt in 2013 by defeating American Chad Dawson and had successfully defended the title against Britain's Tony Bellew. He was able to eventually get to his feet and sit down on a stool to be examined by the ringside doctor and appeared alert until his condition deteriorated.

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