Canadian boxer Adonis Stevenson in stable condition after knockout in title fight

Canadian boxer Adonis Stevenson has “gone from critical to stable” but remains in an induced coma after being knocked out in a title fight, his promoter has said.

Stevenson, 41, was stretchered out of the ring and taken to hospital after losing his WBC light-heavyweight title to Ukrainian Oleksandr Gvozdyk in Quebec City on Saturday.

He was knocked down at the beginning of the third round, although the referee ruled it a slip, and again in the 11th round when Gvozdyk delivered a brutal combination to break the Canadian’s unbeaten streak of 17 matches.

Adonis Stevenson v Oleksandr Gvosdyk
Stevenson was knocked down twice

Stevenson’s promoter Yvon Michel tweeted an update on his condition on Sunday night, saying: “The state of Adonis has gone from critical towards stable from yesterday to today which is a relatively good news. 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.

“There will be no further comments at this time and they respectfully request your understanding in their desire to stay private.”

Adonis Stevenson v Badou Jack
Stevenson held the WBC light-heavyweight title for five years

A medically-induced coma is often prescribed to reduce swelling of the brain.

Stevenson was leading the fight on two of the judges’ scorecards, and drawing on the third, when he was stopped.

He won the WBC title in 2013 when he defeated Chad Dawson and was making his 10th title defence during his bout on Saturday.

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