Former WBC light heavyweight Adonis Stevenson is in intensive care in critical condition following his 11th-round knockout loss to Oleksandr Gvozdyk on Saturday at Videotron Center in Quebec City.
With 32 seconds remaining in the 11th round, Gvozdyk (16-0, 13 KO's), of Ukraine, hurt Stevenson with a powerful one-two combination and went on the attack. Stevenson tied him up, but Gvozdyk, 31, kept on charging and knocked out Stevenson, who could barely crawl out of the ring.
The latest update from Yvon Michel, Stevenson's promoter, is of grave concern.
"The family of @AdonisSuperman and the leaders of Groupe Yvon Michel are currently with Adonis Stevenson. They wish to inform friends and supporters that Adonis is currently in critical condition in intensive care at the hospital, following his fight against Oleksander Gvozdyk. They appreciate the concern and support of all. There will be no other comments for the moment, and they respectfully ask for your understanding in their desire to stay in private," Michel said in a statement."
Stevenson (29-2, 24 KO's), 41, a Haiti native based in Quebec, earned the WBC belt in June 2013 with a first-round knockout of former world champion Chad Dawson and concluded a Fighter of the Year campaign in 2013 with a seventh-round stoppage of ex-titlist Tavoris Cloud in September. Stevenson did not have any such performances after that, but he still manages to make nine successful world title defenses in his five-year reign.