Adonis Stevenson in medically-induced coma, stable condition
A further update on former WBC light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson has been made by promoter Yvon Michel.
The 41 year-old took a serious turn for the worse after his defeat to Oleksandr Gvozdyk on Saturday night. With Stevenson reportedly collapsing in his dressing room.
Stevenson was then rushed to hospital. He was then announced to be in critical condition by Michel in the early hours of Sunday.
Since that time, ‘Superman’ has been placed in a medically-induced coma. This is to help aid the intense swelling to his brain. Stevenson is now said to be stable.
“Update on Adonis Stevenson: The state of Adonis has gone from critical towards stable from yesterday to today which is a relatively good news,” said Michel early on Monday.
“He is in controlled sedation to facilitate his recuperation.
“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 as we get it. No other comments will be made until then,” he added.
The boxing world is keeping their fingers firmly crossed that Stevenson can make a full recovery.
Until the weekend, Stevenson was the longest reigning champion in the sport. He has now had the decision on when to retire taken out of his hands.
Former opponent Badou Jack, who was in line for a rematch with Stevenson after their draw in May, offered his thoughts and prayers to his rival.
Undefeated since 2010 and having beaten every fighter ever faced until Gvozdyk, Stevenson was held in high regard by the World Boxing Council.
A statement on Stevenson has since been released by the WBC.
The WBC and boxing community from the world join in prayers for the safe recovery of our dear friend, great fighter and exemplary human being Adonis Stevenson.
“May God provide the strength to overcome this unfortunate set back,” he added.
WBN will continue to update on the situation. Hopefully on the successful and full recovery of Adonis.