Adonis Stevenson’s condition stable but critical after traumatic brain injury: Doctor

Carrie Guzman
December 7, 2018

Haitian-born Canadian boxer Adonis Stevenson suffered a "severe traumatic brain injury" and remains in intensive care, his doctors said on Wednesday, three days after the fighter lost his World Boxing Council light heavyweight title to Ukrainian Oleksandr Gvozdyk. He was ahead on two of the judges' cards and tied on the third when he was abruptly stopped.

He appeared conscious in the immediate aftermath of the fight but it soon became apparent that Stevenson was severely incapacitated and he was removed from the ring on a stretcher and taken to a nearby medical facility.

"Mr. Stevenson underwent surgery on the night of Saturday into Sunday and has since been admitted to the intensive care unit", Turgeon said. "His situation is still stable under the circumstances, but critical", said Dr Alexis Turgeon, the specialist physician at the Quebec City hospital, during a public update on Stevenson.

The Hôpital de l'Enfant-Jésus has not issued any update on Stevenson's condition since Monday afternoon, when it said he was in an induced coma.

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He told a press conference it was "too early to comment" on the fighter's long-term prognosis, but that likely he would have lasting neurological damage. He suffered a serious head injury.

Stevenson was making the 10th defence of his WBC title at the Videotron Centre before a flurry on punches from Gvozdyk ended the contest.

"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".

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