Boxer Adonis Stevenson is in an induced coma in the ICU after being  KO’d This Weekend

Boxer Adonis Stevenson is in an induced coma in the ICU after being KO’d This Weekend

Former light heavyweight boxing champion Adonis Stevenson has been placed in a medically induced coma following a heavy knock out at the hands of Ukrainian Oleksandr Gvozdyk on Saturday night in Canada. The 41-year-old appeared heavily concussed and in a bad way following the fight and was taken to hospital where he was then placed in the coma. A critical 48-hours to come will reveal the champ’s fate as doctors monitor and do all they can to save him.

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Prior to Saturday, Stevenson had successfully defended the title a whopping 9 times. He held the WBC and lineal light-heavyweight championships since June 8, 2013, a long spell of five-and-a-half years. The loss was only the second of his 12-year-long professional career. It was also the first time the champ had lost in Canada.

His partner Simone God made a statement:

‘He’s a champion, he’s a fighter, he’s going to fight this,

‘We’re partners in life and we’re partners in business. He’s resting right now, showing good signs, and we’re hoping for the best. I have faith that he’s going to be okay.

‘We have good people here, we have support, and we’re trying to keep it together for Adonis and to stay strong for our baby, Adonia.’

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In an update, Stevenson’s condition has been upgraded by the hospital to stable, after being critical as he was admitted on Saturday night. The news was broken to the press by promoter Yvon Michel, saying:

“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 has we get it. No other comments will be made until then.”

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Thoughts and prayers have flooded in for the champ. You can see the 11th-round knockout on the player below.