World Boxing News received an official update on the condition of Adonis Stevenson after the former world champion was rushed to hospital on Saturday.
Stevenson, 41, got into difficulty after losing his WBC title to Oleksandr Gvozdyk in Quebec and has since undergone surgery.
‘Superman’ had his situation changed from critical to stable-but-critical earlier this week. Doctors were given the green light to update the press on Wednesday.
As part of the official media list for the ongoing treatment of Adonis, WBN received the following statement.
At the request of family, the CHU de Québec-Université Laval (CHU) wishes to review the state of health of Mr. Adonis Stevenson.
“After a boxing event on Saturday night, Mr. Stevenson was admitted to Hôpital de l’Enfant-Jésus following an altered level of consciousness from a traumatic brain injury.
“Mr. Stevenson underwent surgery on the night of Saturday to Sunday. He has since been admitted to the intensive care unit. He suffers from severe traumatic brain injury.
“His situation is still stable under the circumstances, but critical,” said Dr. Alexis Turgeon, a specialist physician in intensive care medicine at Hôpital de l’Enfant-Jésus of the CHU de Québec-Université Laval.
“His condition requires mechanical respiratory assistance, deep sedation and specialized neurological monitoring. It is too early to comment on Mr. Stevenson’s long-term prognosis,” said Dr. Turgeon.
“I urge the media to be very cautious about distributing medical information that does not come from an official medical source,” said Dr. Turgeon.
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.
As agreed with Mr. Stevenson’s family, please note that no further comments will be made.
A surge of concern has overwhelmed the sport this week as the boxing community comes together in love and support for Adonis.
The World Boxing Council have seen many of their champions past and present send messages to Stevenson. They include Sergio Martinez, Sugar Ray Leonard and former opponents Andrzej Fonfara and Gvozdyk himself.