Cana­dian boxer Steven­son in crit­i­cal con­di­tion af­ter KO

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports - FRED­ERIC DAIGLE

QUE­BEC CITY — Cana­dian boxer Ado­nis Steven­son is re­ported to be in crit­i­cal con­di­tion af­ter be­ing knocked out Satur­day night in his light heavy­weight ti­tle fight in Que­bec City.

The re­port comes from box­ing pro­moter Yvon Michel, who tweeted early Sun­day morn­ing that Steven­son was in in­ten­sive care and that fam­ily mem­bers have asked that his pri­vacy be re­spected.

“They wish to in­form friends and sup­port­ers that Ado­nis is cur­rently in crit­i­cal con­di­tion in the in­ten­sive care at the hos­pi­tal, fol­low­ing his fight against Olek­sandr Gvozdyk,” Michel wrote. “They ap­pre­ci­ate the con­cern and sup­port of ev­ery­one for Ado­nis.”

Olek­sandr Gvozdyk stopped Steven­son with a vi­o­lent knock­out at 2:49 of the 11th round to take his World Box­ing Coun­cil light heavy­weight ti­tle. Steven­son, 41, was put on a stretcher af­ter the bout and left Videotron Cen­tre in an am­bu­lance.

The Montreal-based fighter was mak­ing his 10th ti­tle de­fence since win­ning the belt against Chad Daw­son in 2013 and was ahead on two of the judges’ cards and tied on the third when he was stopped.

The 31-year-old Gvozdyk, from Ukraine, im­proved to 16-0.

Gvozdyk landed sev­eral strong blows at the be­gin­ning the round which left Steven­son fal­ter­ing in the cor­ners. Steven­son appeared to re­cover, but a sec­ond vol­ley of blows from Gvozdyk appeared to shift the mo­men­tum en­tirely in the Ukrainian’s favour.

Ref­eree Michael Grif­fin stopped the fight af­ter a third push, in which Gvozdyk landed a dozen or so blows with­out Steven­son be­ing able to stop any.

Steven­son stayed down for sev­eral min­utes be­fore be­ing able to sit up on a stool brought to the ring, and needed as­sis­tance to re­turn to the dress­ing room.

Late Satur­day, Michel said he’d spo­ken to the boxer im­me­di­ately af­ter the match and he appeared to be re­gain­ing his spir­its.

How­ever, Steven­son’s con­di­tion wors­ened af­ter leav­ing the shower, and he was taken to the l’En­fant-Je­sus de Que­bec hos­pi­tal, which spe­cial­izes in neu­ro­surgery and head trauma.

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

“We fear a con­cus­sion,” he said.

“This is very wor­ry­ing.”

JACQUES BOISSINOT THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Ring doc­tor Marc Gagne checks on Ado­nis Steven­son af­ter he was knocked out by Olek­sandr Gvozdyk in their light heavy­weight WBC cham­pi­onship fight Satur­day in Que­bec City.

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