Montreal boxer Adonis Stevenson in critical condition after Quebec City fight

Heather Diaz
December 3, 2018

Oleksandr Gvozdyk knocked out Adonis Stevenson with 13 seconds remaining in the 11th round to capture the World Boxing Council Light Heavyweight championship in Quebec City on Saturday.

"The family of Adonis and Yvon Michel are now with Adonis Stevenson", Stevenson's promoter, Yvon Michel, tweeted Sunday morning.

Adonis Stevenson lasted until the 11th round against Oleksandr Gvozdyk last night, but that's as far as he could go before suffering a knockout after a Gvozdyk punch.

The 41-year-old Stevenson left the Videotron Centre on a stretcher and was taken to hospital.

Stevenson, who has not ventured out of Canada for more than seven years, was making his 10th title defence since winning his belt in 2013 by defeating American Chad Dawson. That came to a crashing halt on Saturday, when Gvozdyk bartered Stevenson into submission with a vicious onslaught that left the exiting champion slumped in a corner. A few hours after the fight, Stevenson's promoter Yvon Michel released a statement on Twitter saying that Stevenson was in critical condition. "His family, his (fiancée) Simone and Groupe Yvon Michel would like to thank the many people who have taken the time to send comforting messages".

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In a press conference late Saturday, Michel said Stevenson seemed disoriented and confused when he arrived at the hospital.

'We fear he has a concussion.

It's not the first tragic incident in recent Canadian fighting history.

Stevenson was leading the fight on two of the judges' scorecards, and drawing on the third, when he was stopped. But Gvozdyk appeared to be the fresher fighter and landed a series of hard right hands to the head that Stevenson was unable to block.

Gvozdyk appeared to be in control for much of the fight - including scoring a third-round knockdown that referee Michael Griffin simply missed and ruled a slip.

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